My 1*0*0*0th post and a giveaway!

This is it -- the 1,000th post I mentioned was coming up!
Time flies; I started this blog on December 11, 2008.
It wasn't my first blog, but it has been my favorite.
I started out here just talking about some of the fun stuff I made, and picked, for my Etsy shop, Indulge Your Shelf.
Thus the blog's name.
But it became so much more --
a place to find meet friends who visit, stay a while, and come back.
So first let me say, Thank you for visiting...and for coming back...over these past almost-five years!  I have so enjoyed meeting you online, and, when I'm lucky, in real life, too!
When I started writing this blog my son was just 11 years old...
we're all a bit older now!
If you've been around for these five years and 1,000 posts, then you know some of my creative and art-related dreams have come true:
In 2009 I finished a long journey to finally graduate from college, with a BA in Creative Writing.
Along the way I started doing more online writing, including my column on;
I took over the blog Button Floozies
I got to attend the last Silver Bella;
and, visit one of my blogging/art world heroes, Karla,
along with so many other beautiful people!
Along the way, I also contributed to some books;
and had the thrill of having a fabric book project published in Somerset Studio Gallery.
It's been a hoot!
Just lately, I've begun working full time again -- which is most decidedly not one of my creative dreams come true...
me as the Fractured Fairy Tales Fairy at work last week (for Halloween!)
although I do get to have fun sifting through vintage stuff and listing it online...
it's not my dream job.
And leaves little time for creating...
but I'm not giving up!
In fact: I'm going to create something special
just for you -- if you are the winner of my 1000th post giveaway!
To celebrate 1,000 posts and all the wonderful friends who have read them,
I'm giving away a piece of art -- either paper...

or fabric...

you get to choose which!
It can even be a combination of both.
I'll choose a winner from among the commenters between now and November 11;
the winner will decide what kind of custom art piece they'd like -- paper, fabric, or a combo!
You can even pick a "theme" -- just let me know what you love!
Prize details:
It can be up to ~5x5" -- the size of a quilt square (if fabric)
or a page in a small journal (if paper.)
You can frame it, or use it to create something altogether new...
like a pillow, or a journal cover.
That way, we can create together.
And I can't think of a better way to celebrate 1,000 posts, can you?
I will commit to getting the piece to you by December 31, 2013 -- or within 30 days of when you tell me what you'd like, whichever comes first -- via mail.
Comment on this post only and tell me how you read my blog -- Bloglovin', Facebook, via email subscription...or?
To make this easy -- only one entry per person.
Feel free to share with all your friends -- on Facebook, on Pinterest, or on your own blog.
It won't get you more entries, but it will make me happy.
And who knows...if I'm happy I might give away more than one gift!
I'm just sayin'.
Thank you for 1,000 chances to love you!


Linda Sue said…
Love you, too, laurie! Everything you do is pretty damned great! Please continue to do so- you make my day!
It's so cool to see Ben be bigger!
JoJo said…
What an amazing journey over the past 5 years. It's hard to believe that the time has gone by so fast.

I would love to be entered in your contest! I read your blog by way of my Dashboard on Blogger which shows all the blogs I follow whenever they post.
Anonymous said…
Hmmm . . . I think I've been reading your blog for about 3 years. I discovered you through Karla's Cottage and I have you bookmarked as one of my favorites. I check every day to see if you have written a new post. I love your creativity and style. I would consider myself very lucky if I won your drawing. Congratulations on 1000 posts!
Linda said…
Hi, I just happened to stumble upon the Button Floozies as I have an extensive collection of all sorts of buttons. And the natural progression of this stumble was your "Indulge Your Shelf". Hopefully you continue to enthrall us with your creations.

I would love to enter your 1,000 th post give-away. Cheers, Linda.
Wendy said…
Oh Laurie, such a milestone for you and your lovely blog! Congratulations! May your next thousand posts be as fun and crafty as the past ones. I always love coming here to be inspired. I follow you on my dashboard and on bloglovin, that way I don't miss a post from you.:) Have a great week!
Wow Laurie! 1000 posts! I have been blogging about 4 years now and I am still pretty far away from that number. Congrats! I always enjoy your blog and the changes over the years. I read you on Bloglovin! Thanks for the chance to enter you fabulous giveaway!!
Unknown said…
Laurie, What a great story and so fun to see the photos. Congrats on your 1000th. I look forward to each of your new posts.
Christina Paul said…
Congrats! What an exciting journey you've had!
I'd love to be entered in the giveaway and I'm sure anything you create would be fabulous! I'm newer and follow you on my blogger reading list!
Jacqui Galloway said…
Congratulations! quite an achievement. Can I enter your giveaway. Follow you through my blogger dashboard. Love, love buttons! Jacqui x
Sami said…
Congratulations Laurie on your 1000th post. Quite an achievement, but best still was the fact your finished a degree as an older adult. Well done and I wish you lots of fun in your writing career.
Dee in N.H. said…
Wow! Look how tall Ben is now! Congrats on your 1000th post and I'm looking forward to the next 1000 too. I follow you on my Blogger Dashboard.
Createology said…
Congratulations Laurie. Five years of blogging is quite amazing. You certainly have accomplished so many things these past five years and I understand your pride and happiness. Well done. Blogger dashboard is how I follow you. May you continue to achieve your goals and share with us through your blogging. Blessings and Creative Bliss...
Gill said…
Congratulations Laurie on such a huge milestone!
I follow you via GFC!
Congratulations on 1,000 wonderful blog posts! I'm so happy we met at Silver Bella back in 2010 and were able to get together again at Karla's this summer. You've provided lots of inspiration, friendship, and treasured gifts. It's always a joy to read your blog, and I look forward to the next 1,000 posts and our next opportunity to create and shop together!
Abby / Linda said…
Love the creativeness of your blog! I read it now, thru bloglovin. If I win, I would like the fabric version. I will make something creative, inspired by you!
Tammy said…
Congratulations, Laurie! This is so exciting!! I've been following your blog through blogger and FB since we met at the last Silver Bella. We've done some fun projects and swaps, and you've been such an inspiration for me. Can't wait to read the next 1000 posts!
Kelli Davidson said…
Congratulations Laurie! I learned so much about you - I came to you late in your blog-story. I remember just how I found you: My husband and I wanted to go to Purcell, OK one weekend to browse a specific antique store that I couldn't remember the name of. When I googled the town and subject - up came your blog! I was so happy to have found it and now, every time I see a pretty little bird (there's currently a bag at the JoAnn checkout that is beautiful) on fabric or something I think of you! :)
Kathy said…
Congratulations Laurie, 1000 is an amazing milestone!! I enjoyed your recap. When we look back it is amazing to see how far we have come/changed/grown. I feel very lucky to have "met" you through blogging and look forward to reading the NEXT 1000 posts.
Unknown said…
WOW - 1,000! That is an accomplishment! I have had my blog reading to the side with my other big project and you know what that was ;) Now that things are calming down I have to catch up! Thanks for being one of the best supporters out there for little old me! I still really hope we can get together some day soon! Having a day job does kind of stink doesn't it? hahaha...You're the best and I so appreciate you sending me a photo for my other blog. Hoping I get a Laurie original! I follow with Bloglovin - but I've also always had you bookmarked! Hugs - Pam
CatieAn said…
Congratulaltions Lauri what a great ride you have had. I stumbled on your blog from someone else's can't remember who but am a new follower. I love your art.
Congratulations, dear Laurie! What a beautiful and amazing journey. You are so talented and accomplished, it's a pleasure being one of your happy followers! Here's to the future! xoxo. Karen
Michele said…
hello. i am a tag tuesday friend and am so delighted to see your wonderful blog. this post really touched my heart. thanks for offering this giveaway. whoever wins it will be blessed with a truly special unique and original piece. congrats on so many posts and all the wonderful joys and art (and your growing son!) xo
Valerie-Jael said…
Wow, you have managed so much in these years - great achievements, and you can be very proud of yourself and your family! Valerie visiting from Tag Tuesday.
Lululiz said…
Congratulations, not only on your 1000+ posts, but also on all those marvellous things you have achieved in the last few years.
I have only just joined your main blog, but now I am here to stay, and of course I know you from Tag Tuesday :-).
Thank you for offering such a fantastic giveaway. How lovely that the winner can make it such a very personal gift, given all the great choices you are offering.

Blogger reading list is where I find you now. x
Lani Robertson said…
Congrats Laurie! I read you blog from a saved link on my iPad. I just love reading about all the creative and crafty things you do! :)
Lani Robertson said…
*your...can't stand having a typo!
Wow, what a journey it's been. I'm always inspired by your creativity and beautiful pictures. Congratulations on 1000 awesome posts. I have you on my sidebar and read through GFC. Thanks for the opportunity to win one of your creations.
How exciting! I came to visit from kathy's Kluless blog. I've enjoyed seeing all of the beautiful things you make and the fun you have! Congrats on lots of happy blogging! I'm a new follower...hope you'll visit me soon, too! Hugs!
Meredith said…
Thanks for the chance to win. I follow on bloglovin as Meredith245
Unknown said…
I look forward to each new post and hope you continue for at least 1000 more. You are an awesome, creative lady.
JoAnne said…
Hi Laurie, What a wonderful journey you have had my dear friend and I'm certain your journey will continue with more love, happiness and successes.
I am so happy to have you as a blogging and swapping friend.
Congrats on your 1000th post!
Marrianna said…
I thought of you this weekend when I was at a local church sale. Why? Because I found gorgeous vintage buttons on cards no less. Amazing. I just posted a couple of photos on my blog. The buttons were donated to the church ladies for their annual 2-day sale to raise money for missions. Two boxes of carded buttons. Wow! I don't know where they came from but I was in craft bazaar heaven when I found them.

I read your blog by being one of your followers. Most of the blogs I currently follow are via Bloglovin because it simplifies things for me.

Congratulations on 1000 blog posts. I always enjoy reading what you are up to these days.

Blessings, Marrianna
Lorraine said…
Congratulations on your 1000th post. What a milestone. I love seeing your beautiful finds and what you do with them. Keep enjoying the journey!
Congrats on your blogaversary! You are one of my blogging heroes too! Thanks buddy, I'm glad we got to meet and be friends.
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