tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-15625710841441670172013-03-29T19:11:07.549-04:00Southern Bloggers ConferenceSuzy Handgraafhttps://plus.google.com/112289516894396295714noreply@blogger.comBlogger22125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1562571084144167017.post-1013699554600114012012-10-11T21:57:00.000-04:002012-10-11T21:57:09.322-04:00Sponsor Spotlight on Crystorama Lighting<div style="text-align: center;">On the eve of the Southern Bloggers Conference, we wanted to introduce you to another of our generous donors: <a href="http://www.blogger.com/"><span id="goog_434620118"></span>Crystorama Lighting.<span id="goog_434620119"></span></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-JZNoErbV_5k/UHdyYFerXXI/AAAAAAAAAh8/grCLvBzf1cA/s1600/CIRCLE+LOGO+with+name.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="310" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-JZNoErbV_5k/UHdyYFerXXI/AAAAAAAAAh8/grCLvBzf1cA/s320/CIRCLE+LOGO+with+name.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;">Crystorama is a family-owned design house and manufacturer with a 53-year-legacy of creating beautiful, fashion-forward lighting. Offering the service of a boutique design firm but with national distribution, Crystorama is a dominant producer of crystal, brass and wrought iron chandeliers in North America with an unsurpassed reputation for design, craftsmanship and value.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">The company was founded in 1958 by Abraham Kleinberg, and his children remain the principals, overseeing the entire design process, from pen-to-paper to CAD drawings to prototype to final product.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Brad Kleinberg, the company's president and creative director, finds inspiration everywhere for the company's gorgeous lighting designs.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">In a gleaming Fifth Avenue shop window.</div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-bUfsXQv6wxA/UHd0EEjCnjI/AAAAAAAAAi0/Xwt73Y0DK-Q/s1600/9228-OS.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-bUfsXQv6wxA/UHd0EEjCnjI/AAAAAAAAAi0/Xwt73Y0DK-Q/s320/9228-OS.jpg" width="182" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div><div class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;">In the galleries of the Modern Museum of Art.<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UZ1vd8cCTgI/UHd0kMWgybI/AAAAAAAAAjM/v62h-qrCSDQ/s1600/1529-MC.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="312" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UZ1vd8cCTgI/UHd0kMWgybI/AAAAAAAAAjM/v62h-qrCSDQ/s320/1529-MC.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;">On the fashion runways.<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-NFrvVryrwrM/UHdy8d70XhI/AAAAAAAAAiM/ylES-yWsAyc/s1600/1589-CH+FLOW.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-NFrvVryrwrM/UHdy8d70XhI/AAAAAAAAAiM/ylES-yWsAyc/s320/1589-CH+FLOW.jpg" width="213" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;">In the hidden treasures found at antique stores and flea markets.<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-WVkvtpcfQCw/UHd0e87JM-I/AAAAAAAAAjE/dzSyYblXt5k/s1600/9846-CH-CG.TIF" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-WVkvtpcfQCw/UHd0e87JM-I/AAAAAAAAAjE/dzSyYblXt5k/s320/9846-CH-CG.TIF" width="252" /></a></div><div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; text-align: center;">Lighting is jewelry for the home. It's often the finishing touch that makes a room.&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; text-align: center;">Crystorama gets that.</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; text-align: center;">And as DIY, design and home decor bloggers, we get that. None of us would be caught dead with&nbsp;with builder-grade lighting fixtures in their home.&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; text-align: center;">Crystorama has lighting designs to fit ever design style. Traditional. Contemporary. Transitional. Youth. Ultra modern.</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-9kr6I-w__2w/UHdzMLY35zI/AAAAAAAAAiU/eHBVe54lpLc/s1600/9802-CH.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="257" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-9kr6I-w__2w/UHdzMLY35zI/AAAAAAAAAiU/eHBVe54lpLc/s320/9802-CH.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-j-F0gDFxU4c/UHdzlbED43I/AAAAAAAAAic/WvJrYlJz_UA/s1600/539-WW.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-j-F0gDFxU4c/UHdzlbED43I/AAAAAAAAAic/WvJrYlJz_UA/s320/539-WW.jpg" width="185" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-tSlg8VPhOm4/UHdzoq9JHYI/AAAAAAAAAik/eiy10xzdcBo/s1600/529-SA-CL-S_crystorama.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-tSlg8VPhOm4/UHdzoq9JHYI/AAAAAAAAAik/eiy10xzdcBo/s320/529-SA-CL-S_crystorama.jpg" width="198" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Idnu3rQhzhE/UHdz0rrRZoI/AAAAAAAAAis/0MA1mhrrGHE/s1600/9236-EB+ASTRO.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Idnu3rQhzhE/UHdz0rrRZoI/AAAAAAAAAis/0MA1mhrrGHE/s320/9236-EB+ASTRO.jpg" width="190" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-AKyrlpsx6M4/UHd0Q5bzYmI/AAAAAAAAAi8/GJZivDkb9xU/s1600/137-CH.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="304" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-AKyrlpsx6M4/UHd0Q5bzYmI/AAAAAAAAAi8/GJZivDkb9xU/s320/137-CH.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; text-align: center;"><br /></div></div><div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">And Crystorama loves bloggers. They've partnered with bloggers many times on design projects and giveaways.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">When you get your swag bag tomorrow, you'll find a gift from Crystorama, plus contact info for their PR agency.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">(Sorry, our<a href="http://www.southernbloggersconferenceblog.com/search/label/SWAG" target="_blank"> swag bags</a> are great, but we couldn't fit a chandelier in each one!)</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">But one lucky blogger is going to win a chandelier from Crystorama, this beautiful Maria Theresa style chandelier draped in hand-cut crystals, a $450 value.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XHH5ZEyV_iE/UHdyhWpadjI/AAAAAAAAAiE/R9cGHCtEocY/s1600/4474-CH-CL-MWP.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XHH5ZEyV_iE/UHdyhWpadjI/AAAAAAAAAiE/R9cGHCtEocY/s320/4474-CH-CL-MWP.jpg" width="264" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Go show Crystorama some love on <a href="http://www.facebook.com/crystorama" target="_blank">Facebook</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/crystoramalight" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and maybe you'll get some good karma points and win this chandelier Saturday at the Southern Bloggers Conference.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div></div>Atta Girl Amyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12360395071358620927noreply@blogger.com19tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1562571084144167017.post-80084548435377537182012-10-04T10:22:00.000-04:002012-10-04T10:26:44.645-04:00Join us for a Twitter Party<div style="text-align: center;">Just one week left until the Southern Bloggers Conference. We are getting very, very excited.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">How about you?</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">We're kicking the conference fun off with a little Twitter pre-party at 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-HTzEKXQmQSc/UG2YWKdQ1cI/AAAAAAAAAhs/kmj0VaW56HU/s1600/twitter-bird-white-on-blue.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-HTzEKXQmQSc/UG2YWKdQ1cI/AAAAAAAAAhs/kmj0VaW56HU/s1600/twitter-bird-white-on-blue.png" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Heather and Vanessa of <a href="http://www.atthepicketfence.com/2012/07/how-to-join-twitter-party-do-you-tweet.html" target="_blank">At the Picket Fence</a>&nbsp;have all the details about our party at their blog.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Make sure you follow all the party hosts on Twitter:</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.twitter.com/southblogconf" target="_blank">Southern Bloggers Conference</a></div><div style="text-align: center;">Kelly at<a href="https://twitter.com/KellyisEclectic" target="_blank"> Electically Vintage</a></div><div style="text-align: center;">Heather &amp; Vanessa of <a href="https://twitter.com/meetuatthefence" target="_blank">At the Picket Fence</a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">We'll also have some of our sponsors at the party, and you'll want to follow them, too. Watch our <a href="http://www.twitter.com/southblogconf" target="_blank">Twitter feed</a> and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/southernbloggersconference" target="_blank">Facebook</a> page this week for the full follow list.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">We'll be tweeting using the hashtag #SoBC2012.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">We also recommend that you use a tool like <a href="http://www.tweetgrid.com/party" target="_blank">Tweet Chat</a> or <a href="http://tweetchat.com/" target="_blank">Tweet Grid&nbsp;</a>to follow along with the party. Check out this <a href="http://tweeparties.com/beginners_guide.html" target="_blank">Twitter party tutorial</a> for more info.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Can't wait to Tweet/meet you all!&nbsp;</div>Atta Girl Amyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12360395071358620927noreply@blogger.com5tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1562571084144167017.post-34222689919577814612012-09-25T00:00:00.000-04:002012-09-25T00:00:04.958-04:00Meet more of our amazing sponsors and donors...<div style="text-align: center;">Being a part of the Southern Bloggers Conference organizing team has really boosted my confidence.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">I used to be afraid of rejection, so afraid of hearing "no" for an answer. But lately, all I've been hearing is, "Yes."&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">As in, "Yes, our company would love to be involved with the Southern Bloggers' Conference."</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Our team has recruited some amazing sponsors and donors, some of which you've already read about here and on our SBC team member blogs:&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.southernbloggersconferenceblog.com/2012/09/a-word-about-some-of-our.html" target="_blank">Hometalk</a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.southernbloggersconferenceblog.com/2012/09/a-word-about-some-of-our.html" target="_blank">Arhaus</a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.southernbloggersconferenceblog.com/2012/08/contain-yourself-container-store.html" target="_blank">The Container Store</a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.southernbloggersconferenceblog.com/2012/09/behind-scenes-tour-at-spoonflower.html" target="_blank">Spoonflower</a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.southernbloggersconferenceblog.com/2012/09/a-new-giveaway-donor-sandy-hall.html" target="_blank">Sandy Hall Creations</a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.southernbloggersconferenceblog.com/" target="_blank">Fish Foam</a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.southernbloggersconferenceblog.com/" target="_blank">Purdy</a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.attagirlsays.com/2012/08/01/maison-blanche-paint/" target="_blank">Maison Blanche Paint Company</a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Today, I'm going to introduce you to a few more of our swag bag and giveaway donor-sponsors.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Perhaps you've heard of some of them...</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Like <a href="http://www.verabradley.com/" target="_blank">Vera Bradley</a>, a company that has been infusing color into women's lives for more than 30 years.&nbsp;</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-kLiw-s9ceWU/UGEMgSPjgGI/AAAAAAAAAhE/SVMe0CyxICk/s1600/Vera+Bradley+logo.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-kLiw-s9ceWU/UGEMgSPjgGI/AAAAAAAAAhE/SVMe0CyxICk/s1600/Vera+Bradley+logo.jpg" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Friends Barbara Bradley Baekgaard and Patricia R. Miller founded the company in 1982. They were wives and moms, just like many of us bloggers are, and they pored their hearts into building their dream business.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">While on vacation, Barb and Pat were waiting for a flight in Atlanta when they noticed all the luggage was boring and black. There weren't any pretty or feminine bags in the terminal that day. The friends had it in their minds to change that.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">They each borrowed $250 from their husbands (really!) to buy fabric to make colorful handbags and luggage. Within a year, they'd turned their husbands' $500 investment into a $10,000 profit.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Today, Vera Bradley is one of the most recognizable brands of handbags, luggage, accessories and gifts. The publicly traded company has annual sales of $461 million through its 52 retail stores, online store, eight outlets and more than 3,400 specialty retailers. Through the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer, established in 1993, the company has raised more than $15 million and pledged an additional $5 million to breast cancer research.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">We are proud to have them Vera Bradley as a supporter of the Southern Bloggers conference. I won't give away all the surprises, but everyone who attends the conference will be getting special gifts from Vera Bradley! I will say that one of the patterns is very appropriate for North Carolina.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Like Vera Bradley, many of our sponsor companies are led by exceptional women entrepreneurs.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">That's how Forbes magazine described Alison Prince, the founder and president of <a href="http://tracking.pickyourplum.com/aff_c?offer_id=2&amp;aff_id=1604" target="_blank">Pick Your Plum</a>.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div id="embed-widget"><div id="pickyourplumbigwidget " style="position: absolute;"><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://tracking.pickyourplum.com/aff_c?offer_id=2&amp;aff_id=1604"><img src="http://www.pickyourplum.com/images/overlay.png" /></a></div></div><div id="pickyourplumiframewidgetbig" style="height: 250px; overflow: hidden; width: 300px;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="250" id="drupal-embed" scrolling="no" src="http://pickyourplum.com/?q=embed-widgets/d5f387c7d9b2c2c2610354b0aee7ccbd-views-uc_front_page-block_1_._form-96ce0b99e3e0a3f94b158727d4493191/content/" width="350"></iframe></div></div><img height="1" src="http://tracking.pickyourplum.com/aff_i?offer_id=2&amp;aff_id=1604" width="1" /><br />The company offers one amazing craft deal every day in limited quantities. And when I say, amazing, I mean amazing prices, amazing products, amazing customer service.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;">I've ordered lots from Pick Your Plum -- washi tape, baker's twine, wooden cutouts, personalized ribbon, a return address stamp, ribbon, trim....and the list goes on. That reminds me, I need to check today's <a href="http://tracking.pickyourplum.com/aff_c?offer_id=2&amp;aff_id=1604" target="_blank">Pick Your Plum deal!</a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">And when you get your swag bag at the conference, be sure to check it for a special gift from Pick Your Plum.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">When I was choosing companies to approach about potential sponsorship of the Southern Bloggers Conference, I reached out to those whose products I love and use. Like the Popcorn Fanatic.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hjebiQ6LAyI/UGEVTeAPkhI/AAAAAAAAAhU/D0qkzJAuY7E/s1600/29707_124855394192911_3716859_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="172" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hjebiQ6LAyI/UGEVTeAPkhI/AAAAAAAAAhU/D0qkzJAuY7E/s320/29707_124855394192911_3716859_n.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; text-align: center;">When I first heard about Popcorn Fanatic, I sent my husband on a special trip to buy a selection of their gourmet flavored popcorn.&nbsp;</div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">I happen to live near their retail store in Winston-Salem, N.C., but <a href="http://www.thepopcornfanatic.com/" target="_blank">Popcorn Fanatic</a> also sells online. So, no matter where you live, you can get your fix of delicious gourmet popcorn.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Popcorn Fanatic sells sweet, savory and candy flavor popcorn. I'm a big fan of the Chicago mix and the white chocolate peanut butter, and I'm also dying to try their pimiento cheese and sweet butter.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">The Popcorn Fanatic has agreed to make up a special flavor just for our swag bags. You can vote in the poll on the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/southernbloggers.com" target="_blank">Southern Bloggers Conference Facebook page.</a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Will it be pimiento cheese, sweet potato, sweet butter or N.C. BBQ in our swag bags?</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">And speaking of North Carolina barbecue, you definitely need to try some while you're here for the conference.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Our sponsor, the <a href="http://www.ncbbqcompany.com/" target="_blank">NC BBQ Company</a>, will make that easy.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8Jb2Xs9q-68/UGEWcwbSK1I/AAAAAAAAAhc/0P6k35LHCN4/s1600/header3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="137" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8Jb2Xs9q-68/UGEWcwbSK1I/AAAAAAAAAhc/0P6k35LHCN4/s640/header3.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">They'll have a booth at the conference on Friday night, and they'll also be providing a gift box of authentic North Carolina BBQ for a lucky door prize winner. The company is also very eager to work with bloggers, so make sure you stop by their booth to talk to them.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">And don't worry about how you're going to get that barbecue home if you win. The nifty thing about the NC BBQ Company is that they ship barbecue gift boxes all over the country. So, you can have authentic N.C.-style pork barbecue no matter where you live.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">And while we're on the subject of N.C. BBQ, let me school you a bit.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Ours is pork barbecue, and there are two regional styles served here, depending on what part of the state you're in. There's Eastern style and Western Ssyle, also sometimes called Piedmont or Lexington style BBQ. We take our barbecue seriously here in North Carolina; debates about 'cue can get more contentious than those about politics.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">I was raised on Eastern style, and it's definitely my favorite of the two, though my husband swears by Western style. We obviously need to try a <a href="http://www.ncbbqcompany.com/buy/battlebox" target="_blank">BBQ battle box</a>.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">The NC BBQ Company's Eastern style barbecue is made from pork shoulders and hams slow cooked and smoked with hickory or oak coals. The pork is pulled, mixed and chopped and combined with a light vinegar sauce. It is served with a mayonnaise based coleslaw.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">The NC BBQ Company's Western style BBQ is made from pork shoulders slow cooked and smoked over Hickory coals. It is served chopped without sauce added during the preparation. Sauce is served on the side. It is also served with a vinegar-based red slaw.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Have we made you hungry for a ticket to the Southern Bloggers Conference? We still have a few conference tickets left, but if you don't want to miss out on the great swag, giveaways and <a href="http://www.southernbloggersconferenceblog.com/p/speakers.html" target="_blank">speakers</a>, you need to buy yours soon. These tickets will sell out -- maybe as soon as this week.</div>Atta Girl Amyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12360395071358620927noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1562571084144167017.post-80172297324988095052012-09-21T00:12:00.000-04:002012-09-21T12:40:12.851-04:00Behind the scenes tour at Spoonflower<div style="text-align: center;">Are you a budding textile designer?&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Then you are going to be very excited to learn that <a href="http://www.spoonflower.com/" target="_blank">Spoonflower</a> is a swag bag and giveaway donor at the Southern Bloggers Conference!&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-duDjOxffiCI/UFsabajR0II/AAAAAAAAAeU/LsOy-Lj-Joc/s1600/4266397763_93056bcbe0_b.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="103" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-duDjOxffiCI/UFsabajR0II/AAAAAAAAAeU/LsOy-Lj-Joc/s320/4266397763_93056bcbe0_b.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Spoonflower is a print-on-demand fabric company. The 4-year-old Internet startup, which is based in Durham, N.C., allows individuals to design, print and sell their own fabric designs. The company was founded by two self-professed Internet geeks with crafty wives.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">It all started when Stephen Fraser's wife, Kim, couldn't find the curtains she wanted for their living room -- <a href="http://www.attagirlsays.com/2012/03/30/my-curtain-odyssey/" target="_blank">something I can certainly relate to</a>!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">After hunting unsuccessfully for the perfect yellow polka dot fabric, Kim Fraser told her husband that she ought to be able to print her own fabric for curtains. (Since he was working for a print-on-demand book company at the time, he thought it was a pretty good idea.)&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Spoonflower was born. And it turns out there are a lot of other artsy-crafty types like Kim Fraser.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Spoonflower prints and ships out between 1,000 and 1,500 yards of fabric every day for its customers. &nbsp;The Spoonflower community now numbers more than half a million individuals who use their own fabric to make curtains, quilts, clothes, bags, furniture, dolls, pillows, framed artwork, costumes, banners and much, much more. The Spoonflower <a href="http://www.spoonflower.com/shop">marketplace</a>&nbsp;offers the largest collection of independent fabric designers in the world.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Recently, Kristen of <a href="http://www.sophiasdecor.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">Sophia's Decor</a> and I got a behind-the-scenes tour of the Spoonflower manufacturing facility in Durham.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">CEO Stephen Fraser, who says he didn't know the difference between linen and cotton before starting Spoonflower, led our tour and answered all our questions.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-C5jVOoLKfh4/UFvZnKL1uNI/AAAAAAAAAg0/FdBBKZm7V5M/s1600/Spoonflower+CEO+Stephen+Fraser.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="275" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-C5jVOoLKfh4/UFvZnKL1uNI/AAAAAAAAAg0/FdBBKZm7V5M/s400/Spoonflower+CEO+Stephen+Fraser.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">North Carolina has a rich textile history, but Spoonflower's is like no other textile plant you've seen before.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">"We're not a textile company," Fraser said. "We brought this perspective of running a web business to the textile world."</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">The company prints its fabric -- or rather it's customers' fabric designs -- on large-scale ink jet printers that have been modified (or "hacked, as Fraser describes it) to handle bolts of cotton, linen, twill, canvas and silk.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-R8vydAuCBmA/UFvV8B45mJI/AAAAAAAAAfU/7VgtS90D22U/s1600/Fabric+Printing+2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="268" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-R8vydAuCBmA/UFvV8B45mJI/AAAAAAAAAfU/7VgtS90D22U/s400/Fabric+Printing+2.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">The printers use eight different colors of eco-friendly ink.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0_i3WE77xVI/UFvV7uDfycI/AAAAAAAAAfM/w-UiD9tqhMk/s1600/Fabric+Ink.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0_i3WE77xVI/UFvV7uDfycI/AAAAAAAAAfM/w-UiD9tqhMk/s400/Fabric+Ink.jpg" width="268" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;And the designs you can create and print through Spoonflower are only limited by your imagination.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FU6PUZbjEVQ/UFvV8tOAoyI/AAAAAAAAAfc/V8vL83NH1uU/s1600/Fabric+Printing+3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FU6PUZbjEVQ/UFvV8tOAoyI/AAAAAAAAAfc/V8vL83NH1uU/s400/Fabric+Printing+3.jpg" width="268" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">We saw geometric patterns</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-gVn3r7ak0nI/UFvV98dtMTI/AAAAAAAAAfo/pL7655WCh1U/s1600/Fabric+Printing+5.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-gVn3r7ak0nI/UFvV98dtMTI/AAAAAAAAAfo/pL7655WCh1U/s640/Fabric+Printing+5.jpg" width="522" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Whimsical children's patterns</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5A2r1vxLYDA/UFvV9WS0xUI/AAAAAAAAAfk/3DzqBjV8D8Y/s1600/Fabric+Printing+4.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5A2r1vxLYDA/UFvV9WS0xUI/AAAAAAAAAfk/3DzqBjV8D8Y/s400/Fabric+Printing+4.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Holiday fabrics</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-g4TrrYnKkGs/UFvV-ZuMctI/AAAAAAAAAf0/gkgQGWMFq1Y/s1600/Fabric+Printing.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-g4TrrYnKkGs/UFvV-ZuMctI/AAAAAAAAAf0/gkgQGWMFq1Y/s640/Fabric+Printing.jpg" width="475" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">And lots of swatches.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">That's one of the coolest things about Spoonflower. You can order a swatch or a fat quarter or hundreds of yards of fabric that you design! There's no minimum order.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">The <a href="http://blog.spoonflower.com/fabric_project_ideas/" target="_blank">Spoonflower blog</a> has lots of great tutorials for projects you can make, starting at about $10.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Once Spoonflower prints your custom-designed fabric, it is heated to 330 degrees Farenheit to set the ink.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-X_NGT4FC23E/UFvV7LlEHmI/AAAAAAAAAfE/JZnundc3RDY/s1600/Fabric+Heating.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="268" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-X_NGT4FC23E/UFvV7LlEHmI/AAAAAAAAAfE/JZnundc3RDY/s400/Fabric+Heating.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">After the fabric is heat set, it goes to the cutting tables...</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-YsugqyMGF38/UFvV5sJEbII/AAAAAAAAAe0/nrs3dlbAKwE/s1600/Cutting+Tables.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-YsugqyMGF38/UFvV5sJEbII/AAAAAAAAAe0/nrs3dlbAKwE/s400/Cutting+Tables.jpg" width="388" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">...where Spoonflower employees inspect and cut it to fulfill customers' orders. (If any fabric doesn't meet Spoonflower's rigid quality standards, it is recycled. The company can't use the scraps or sell them because it doesn't own any of the designs. Ownership of the intellectual property remains with the person who created and uploaded the fabric design to Spoonflower.)</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ObWvIu3Ewik/UFvV-4okOYI/AAAAAAAAAf8/OGaXHqCEWWE/s1600/Fabric+Shipping.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ObWvIu3Ewik/UFvV-4okOYI/AAAAAAAAAf8/OGaXHqCEWWE/s400/Fabric+Shipping.jpg" width="282" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Next the fabric is stacked on shelves...</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-OohuU9rvxgc/UFvWAsh9CGI/AAAAAAAAAgU/hu2B2E9RApU/s1600/Swatches.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-OohuU9rvxgc/UFvWAsh9CGI/AAAAAAAAAgU/hu2B2E9RApU/s400/Swatches.jpg" width="268" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">..and sorted before it's packed and shipped to buyers, along with a thank you note.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Spoonflower's business has grown tremendously in the past four years. The company started out in a small warehouse in Mebane, N.C., and moved two years ago to its current digs near the Research Triangle Park. Next month, the company will move to a manufacturing plant that is double its current size. Fraser also projected that the company will add 10 more employees before the end of the year -- putting its total workforce at 50 people.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Fraser credits bloggers and crafters for much of the company's growth. Not only are these people customers of Spoonflower's but they've also shared their fabric designs and projects with others. And that has helped the company grow, mainly by word of mouth.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">"The urge to express yourself -- that same impulse has been part of ...Spoonflower's growth," Fraser said.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Visiting Spoonflower gave us a glimpse of creativity in action. Kristen and I saw so many beautiful and fresh fabric designs as we toured the plant. The company's offices are decorated with many of its customers' &nbsp;and its employees' designs.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-USucdPHbwfo/UFvV_W5LOnI/AAAAAAAAAgE/obvhlqxvRr8/s1600/Fabric+Umbrella.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-USucdPHbwfo/UFvV_W5LOnI/AAAAAAAAAgE/obvhlqxvRr8/s400/Fabric+Umbrella.jpg" width="268" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">We saw fabric umbrellas hanging from the ceiling, fabric canvases covering the walls, fabric origami cranes, and all manner of upholstery, pillows, quilts and blankets.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-g3LzDYo5aZk/UFvWBK2PMmI/AAAAAAAAAgc/RbagmtO5PfU/s1600/Unicorn.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-g3LzDYo5aZk/UFvWBK2PMmI/AAAAAAAAAgc/RbagmtO5PfU/s400/Unicorn.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">We even saw Cornelius, a giant stuffed unicorn. (You can make your own by buying the pattern-printed fabric at <a href="http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/1000097" target="_blank">Spoonflower</a>. A fat quarter will make an 8-inch unicorn, or you can make the 4.5-foot-tall version with 5 yards of fabric. Directions for how Fraser and his colleagues made the original Cornelius are on the company's <a href="http://blog.spoonflower.com/2012/03/how-to-make-a-giant-stuffed-unicorn.html" target="_blank">blog</a>.)</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">One thing that Fraser made very clear to us during our tour is that you don't have to be a designer or a skilled graphic artist to create your own fabric designs with Spoonflower. In other words, no Photoshop sills are required!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">"The spirit of Spoonflower has always been geared toward amateurs just trying it," he said. "That's true of our original customer, my wife, Kim."</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">We at the Southern Bloggers Conference just placed our first Spoonflower order for fabric banners for the conference. And I know that both Kristen and I are itching to create our own designs.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">We've both also enjoyed browsing through the Spoonflower marketplace and the amazing designs submitted by the company's customers. Many have chosen to allow their designs to be purchased by others. So, if you're looking for the <a href="http://www.spoonflower.com/spelunks?type=&amp;q=purple+chevron&amp;x=0&amp;y=0" target="_blank">perfect purple chevron</a>, or <a href="http://www.spoonflower.com/contests/155" target="_blank">black-and-white typewriter fabric</a>, you just might find it in the Spoonflower marketplace. And when you buy, the designer will receive a commission.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Now, defying all rules of journalism, we've saved the big news of this post for last.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Spoonflower is getting ready to launch two new products: custom printed wallpaper that is prepasted and also easily removable -- we couldn't believe it either -- and large-scale wall decals that you could use to cover a refrigerator or other equally big canvas. (Oh, the possibilities.)</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">And guess what? We're going to be giving away some Spoonflower gift certificates at the Southern Bloggers Conference, Oct. 12-13, in Raleigh. Everyone who attends the conference will get a Spoonflower swatch book that will help you when you order your custom printed fabric.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Kristen and I will be sharing more about our impressions of Spoonflower and projects we're planning on our blogs. So, be sure to visit <a href="http://sophiasdecor.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">Sophia's Decor </a>and <a href="http://www.attagirlsays.com/" target="_blank">Atta Girl Says</a> to find out what we're making with the help of Spoonflower.</div>Atta Girl Amyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12360395071358620927noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1562571084144167017.post-21755830681179470142012-09-20T01:00:00.000-04:002012-09-20T01:00:04.077-04:00A New Giveaway Donor - Sandy Hall Creations<div style="text-align: center;">One of the many wonderfully, awesome things about being a part of the <a href="http://www.southernbloggersconferenceblog.com/p/sbc-team.html" target="_blank">team organizing the Southern Bloggers Conference</a> is experiencing the generosity of our many <a href="http://www.southernbloggersconferenceblog.com/p/sponsors-donors.html" target="_blank">giveaway and SWAG donors</a>.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Today, I'd like to introduce you to <a href="http://www.facebook.com/LibertyStreetBaggage" target="_blank">Sandy Hall Creations, a subsidiary of Liberty Street Baggage.</a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2cjCHg7uxpY/UFpO6emPIgI/AAAAAAAAJuw/gV9-K0Eg-UU/s1600/BFF+Bag+logo.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="276" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2cjCHg7uxpY/UFpO6emPIgI/AAAAAAAAJuw/gV9-K0Eg-UU/s320/BFF+Bag+logo.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Sandy founded Liberty Street Baggage, located in Asheville, NC, in 1989 from a vision to create unique, American made baggage of peerless quality and inspired design.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-kmXOb7J3bEc/UFpPrcaH6II/AAAAAAAAJvA/G36tYtFboRk/s1600/sandy+hall+creations+1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="236" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-kmXOb7J3bEc/UFpPrcaH6II/AAAAAAAAJvA/G36tYtFboRk/s640/sandy+hall+creations+1.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Sandy Hall Creations brings gorgeous, durable, kid-friendly bags, totes and luggage to the mix of hand-crafted, elegant luggage that Liberty Street has been creating for decades.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">There is something for everyone!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;Beautiful totes and handbags</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GG_Z5Ax3HNU/UFpPtBBW_iI/AAAAAAAAJvY/NYqXrhE334Q/s1600/sandy+hall+greek+key+tote.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GG_Z5Ax3HNU/UFpPtBBW_iI/AAAAAAAAJvY/NYqXrhE334Q/s640/sandy+hall+greek+key+tote.jpg" width="480" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Backpacks</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Yo4fZEpKGBw/UFpPq4T4sfI/AAAAAAAAJu4/sLJo9tfzR7Q/s1600/sandy+hall+backpack.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="478" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Yo4fZEpKGBw/UFpPq4T4sfI/AAAAAAAAJu4/sLJo9tfzR7Q/s640/sandy+hall+backpack.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Yoga/Exercise mat bags</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; 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text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-hBwN5ySUhKc/UFpPxFsI2mI/AAAAAAAAJwA/GvOGapqhSLQ/s1600/sandy+hall+zebra+collection+diaper+or+laptop+bag.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-hBwN5ySUhKc/UFpPxFsI2mI/AAAAAAAAJwA/GvOGapqhSLQ/s400/sandy+hall+zebra+collection+diaper+or+laptop+bag.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Luggage sets</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-NS7Ymps4D2c/UFpSnLSp-tI/AAAAAAAAJwc/3ksalnkxb0I/s1600/sh+luggage.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-NS7Ymps4D2c/UFpSnLSp-tI/AAAAAAAAJwc/3ksalnkxb0I/s400/sh+luggage.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">There are even bags for special needs such as walkers and wheelchairs.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-jCnoDDlL7Ds/UFpPvW7SnNI/AAAAAAAAJvw/SXoTfpXUL7A/s1600/sandy+hall+walker+bag.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-jCnoDDlL7Ds/UFpPvW7SnNI/AAAAAAAAJvw/SXoTfpXUL7A/s400/sandy+hall+walker+bag.jpg" width="300" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">One lucky attendee will win their best seller BFF bag - a $150 value!</div><div style="text-align: center;">(I'm only showing you a side view so as not to totally spoil the reveal!)&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_HU7SZq7m6o/UFpTRCXsXxI/AAAAAAAAJwk/QOSoDJ4wsWQ/s1600/bff+bag+side+view.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_HU7SZq7m6o/UFpTRCXsXxI/AAAAAAAAJwk/QOSoDJ4wsWQ/s400/bff+bag+side+view.JPG" width="300" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><i>"This bag is fun and functional for ladies on the go. &nbsp;The clever design makes is super versatile, with zippered openings at the top and through the back. &nbsp;A quick zip of the strap and - voila! - the shoulder bag becomes a backpack. &nbsp;Pockets galore give you a place for everything. &nbsp;Two side pockets with Velcro closures and an open pocket behind the flap. &nbsp;Structured and stylish, the front pocket flap closure features a magnetic snap as well as a decorative button and gemstone. &nbsp;It is lined with coordinating fabric"</i></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Sandy Hall Designs</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Like <a href="http://www.facebook.com/LibertyStreetBaggage" target="_blank">Sandy Hall Creations on Facebook</a> to keep up with all of their new offerings and exciting announcements!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div>Suzy Handgraafhttps://plus.google.com/112289516894396295714noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1562571084144167017.post-43733682265929099972012-09-19T12:10:00.003-04:002012-09-19T12:10:30.320-04:00Fish Foam + Purdy Brushes = Swag!<br /><h2 style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 5px;"><a href="http://livingonthebliss.com/fish-foam-purdy-brushes-swag/" rel="bookmark" style="outline: none;" title="Fish Foam + Purdy Brushes = Swag!">Fish Foam + Purdy Brushes = Swag!</a></h2><h3 style="background-color: white; color: #347d80; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 5px; text-transform: uppercase;">WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2012</h3><div class="pin-it-btn-wrapper" style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; padding-bottom: 10px;"><iframe frameborder="0" scrolling="no" src="http://livingonthebliss.com/wp-content/plugins/pinterest-pin-it-button/inc/pin-it-button-user-selects-image-iframe.html?url=http%3A%2F%2Flivingonthebliss.com%2Ffish-foam-purdy-brushes-swag%2F&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Flivingonthebliss.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2012%2F09%2FFishFoam_3Pack_ip_Large-e1348065643903.png&amp;description=Fish+Foam+%2B+Purdy+Brushes+%3D+Swag%21&amp;layout=horizontal" style="border-style: none; 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color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px;">We have great sponsors that are slipping goodies “SWAG!” into a big awesome bag for you to take home and fall in love with. &nbsp;Here are two of the Sponsors for you to get a preview of!! &nbsp; Please go to their site and use their products and help us thank them for their generosity and support of our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.southernbloggersconferenceblog.com/" style="color: #347d80; font-size: 11px; font-weight: bold; outline: none; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank" title="Southern Bloggers Conference">Southern Bloggers Conference</a>.</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px;"><a href="https://www.fishfoam.com/" style="color: #347d80; font-size: 11px; font-weight: bold; outline: none; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank" title="Fish Foam Review">Fish Foam</a>&nbsp;is an amazing cleaning product. &nbsp;I came home from Haven Conference with a can in my Swag Bag. &nbsp;My husband was with me at Haven and new I had been given lots of goodies and remembered the unique product Fish Foam. &nbsp;He asked to use the Fish Foam to clean the windows in our car, of course you can honey… &nbsp;He came back inside and said “That stuffs awesome, I can’t believe how good it cleans the windows.” &nbsp;That’s when I knew it must be really good.</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px;">I contacted Fish Foam from their&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/FishFoam" style="color: #347d80; font-size: 11px; font-weight: bold; outline: none; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank" title="Fish Foam Facebook">Facebook Page</a>&nbsp;and Nathan wrote me an email. &nbsp;My 2 daughters High School Chorus Programs were holding a Car Wash. &nbsp;A match made in heaven, &nbsp; Car Wash +&nbsp;<a href="https://www.fishfoam.com/" style="color: #347d80; font-size: 11px; font-weight: bold; outline: none; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank" title="Fish Foam">Fish Foam</a>&nbsp;= Happy Clean Windows. &nbsp; Nathan mailed me several can of Fish Foam for the car wash and…..made a generous donation without being asked to our High School Chorus Program. &nbsp; &nbsp;Thank you Nathan, &amp; Fish Foam.</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px;">So please go to their site and order you some of this great window cleaning product&nbsp;<a href="https://www.fishfoam.com/" style="color: #347d80; font-size: 11px; font-weight: bold; outline: none; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank" title="Fish Foam">here!</a></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px;">Here a Fish Foam&nbsp;<a href="https://www.fishfoam.com/?p=37" style="color: #347d80; font-size: 11px; font-weight: bold; outline: none; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank" title="Fish Foam Video">Video</a>.</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px;"><br /></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px;"><a href="http://livingonthebliss.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/FishFoam_3Pack_ip_Large-e1348065643903.png" style="color: #347d80; font-size: 11px; font-weight: bold; outline: none; text-decoration: none;"><img alt="Fish Foam &amp; Purdy" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-1651" height="422" src="http://livingonthebliss.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/FishFoam_3Pack_ip_Large-e1348065643903.png" style="border: none; display: block; margin-bottom: 40px; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; max-width: 100%; padding: 0px;" title="Fish Foam &amp; Purdy" width="350" /></a></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px;">They also have a window cleaning service that comes to your home and cleans your windows. &nbsp;<a href="http://www.fishwindowcleaning.com/" style="color: #347d80; font-size: 11px; font-weight: bold; outline: none; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank" title="Fish Foam">&nbsp;Fish Foam Cleaning&nbsp;</a></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px;">Enjoy these pictures of my 2 daughters and their Chorus Group having a great time at their car wash to raise money to go sing at a competition.</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px;">They had a great time with the Fish Foam…</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px; text-align: center;"><a href="http://livingonthebliss.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/IMG_2499-e1348019976165.jpg" style="color: #347d80; font-size: 11px; font-weight: bold; outline: none; text-decoration: none;"><img alt="Fish Foam &amp; Purdy Paint Brushes" class="aligncenter wp-image-1639" height="640" src="http://livingonthebliss.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/IMG_2499-600x800.jpg" style="border: none; display: block; margin-bottom: 40px; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; max-width: 100%; padding: 0px;" title="Fish Foam &amp; Purdy Paint Brushes" width="480" /></a></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px; text-align: left;">Working hard to rally cars in to get washed.</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px; text-align: center;"><a href="http://livingonthebliss.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/IMG_2502-e1348020010549.jpg" style="color: #347d80; font-size: 11px; font-weight: bold; outline: none; text-decoration: none;"><img alt="Fish Foam &amp; Purdy Paint Brushes" class="aligncenter wp-image-1640" height="640" src="http://livingonthebliss.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/IMG_2502-600x800.jpg" style="border: none; display: block; margin-bottom: 40px; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; max-width: 100%; padding: 0px;" title="Fish Foam &amp; Purdy Paint Brushes" width="480" /></a></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px; text-align: left;">Still working….</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px; text-align: center;"><a href="http://livingonthebliss.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/IMG_2508-e1348020099868.jpg" style="color: #347d80; font-size: 11px; font-weight: bold; outline: none; text-decoration: none;"><img alt="Fish Foam &amp; Purdy Paint Brushes" class="aligncenter wp-image-1644" height="480" src="http://livingonthebliss.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/IMG_2508-800x600.jpg" style="border: none; display: block; margin-bottom: 40px; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; max-width: 100%; padding: 0px;" title="Fish Foam &amp; Purdy Paint Brushes" width="640" /></a></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px; text-align: left;">Rent A Center, local business, just dropped by to make a donation, Thank you!!</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px; text-align: center;"><a href="http://livingonthebliss.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/IMG_4680-e1348021326383.jpg" style="color: #347d80; font-size: 11px; font-weight: bold; outline: none; text-decoration: none;"><img alt="Fish Foam &amp; Purdy Paint Brushes" class="aligncenter wp-image-1647" height="426" src="http://livingonthebliss.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/IMG_4680-800x533.jpg" style="border: none; display: block; margin-bottom: 40px; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; max-width: 100%; padding: 0px;" title="Fish Foam &amp; Purdy Paint Brushes" width="640" /></a></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px; text-align: left;">Here’s part of the group….</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px; text-align: center;"><a href="http://livingonthebliss.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/IMG_4700-e1348021389473.jpg" style="color: #347d80; font-size: 11px; font-weight: bold; outline: none; text-decoration: none;"><img alt="Fish Foam &amp; Purdy Paint Brushes" class="aligncenter wp-image-1649" height="426" src="http://livingonthebliss.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/IMG_4700-800x533.jpg" style="border: none; display: block; margin-bottom: 40px; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; max-width: 100%; padding: 0px;" title="Fish Foam &amp; Purdy Paint Brushes" width="640" /></a></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px; text-align: left;">THANKS FISH FOAM!!!!</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px;"><a href="http://livingonthebliss.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/IMG_4683-e1348021349963.jpg" style="color: #347d80; font-size: 11px; font-weight: bold; outline: none; text-decoration: none;"><img alt="Fish Foam &amp; Purdy Paint Brushes" class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-1648" height="533" src="http://livingonthebliss.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/IMG_4683-800x533.jpg" style="border: none; display: block; margin-bottom: 40px; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; max-width: 100%; padding: 0px;" title="Fish Foam &amp; Purdy Paint Brushes" width="800" /></a></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px; text-align: left;">&nbsp;NOW, On to another sponsor,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.purdy.com/" style="color: #347d80; font-size: 11px; font-weight: bold; outline: none; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank" title="Purdy">PURDY Paint Brushes</a>!!</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px; text-align: left;"><a href="http://livingonthebliss.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Image.jpg" style="color: #347d80; font-size: 11px; font-weight: bold; outline: none; text-decoration: none;"><img alt="Fish Foam &amp; Purdy" class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-1655" height="287" src="http://livingonthebliss.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Image-800x287.jpg" style="border: none; display: block; margin-bottom: 40px; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; max-width: 100%; padding: 0px;" title="Fish Foam &amp; Purdy" width="800" /></a></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px; text-align: left;">I don’t know if you do much painting, but I do. &nbsp;In our store, Living on the Bliss, we paint vintage furniture with Chalk Paint which requires a very good paint brush. So..our brush of choice is&nbsp;<a href="http://www.purdy.com/" style="color: #347d80; font-size: 11px; font-weight: bold; outline: none; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank" title="Purdy">PURDY!!</a></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px; text-align: left;">Here’s a couple of photos of our favorite&nbsp;<a href="http://www.purdy.com/" style="color: #347d80; font-size: 11px; font-weight: bold; outline: none; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank" title="Purdy">Purdy</a>&nbsp;brushes. &nbsp;Can you tell the one on the right has painted a few things.</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px; text-align: left;"><a href="http://livingonthebliss.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/IMG_3124-e1348066588880.jpg" style="color: #347d80; font-size: 11px; font-weight: bold; outline: none; text-decoration: none;"><img alt="Fish Foam &amp; Purdy" class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-1656" height="800" src="http://livingonthebliss.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/IMG_3124-600x800.jpg" style="border: none; display: block; margin-bottom: 40px; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; max-width: 100%; padding: 0px;" title="Fish Foam &amp; Purdy" width="600" /></a></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px; text-align: left;">They always look so nice when they’re new…</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px; text-align: left;"><a href="http://livingonthebliss.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/IMG_3125-e1348066619873.jpg" style="color: #347d80; font-size: 11px; font-weight: bold; outline: none; text-decoration: none;"><img alt="Fish Foam &amp; Purdy" class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-1657" height="800" src="http://livingonthebliss.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/IMG_3125-600x800.jpg" style="border: none; display: block; margin-bottom: 40px; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; max-width: 100%; padding: 0px;" title="Fish Foam &amp; Purdy" width="600" /></a></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px; text-align: left;">Purdy is a generous sponsor of the Southern Bloggers Conference, &nbsp;and will be donating paint brushes for our “Swag” Bags. &nbsp; &nbsp;Thank you Purdy!</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px; text-align: left;">Please join us at the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.southernbloggersconferenceblog.com/" style="color: #347d80; font-size: 11px; font-weight: bold; outline: none; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank" title="Southern Bloggers Conference">Southern Bloggers Conference</a>, “Like” us on&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/SouthernBloggersConference" style="color: #347d80; font-size: 11px; font-weight: bold; outline: none; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank" title="Southern Bloggers Conference Facebook">Facebook</a>&nbsp;and “Follow” us on&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/SouthBlogConf" style="color: #347d80; font-size: 11px; font-weight: bold; outline: none; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank" title="Southern Bloggers Conference Twitter">Twitter</a>.</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px; text-align: left;"><em>Cindy &amp; Cassie</em></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px; text-align: left;"><em>Living on the Bliss</em></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px; text-align: left;"></div><div style="background-color: white; 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height: 25px !important; overflow: hidden !important; width: 550px !important;"></iframe></div>Cindy Miller LivingontheBlisshttps://plus.google.com/103630179057587943019noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1562571084144167017.post-86858968497148343232012-09-12T17:13:00.001-04:002012-09-12T17:16:11.745-04:00A Word About Some of Our Sponsors...Hometalk and Arhaus<div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">TODAY...I WOULD LIKE TO TALK ABOUT TWO OF OUR GREAT SPONSORS FOR THE UPCOMING....&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><strong>SOUTHERN BLOGGERS CONFERENCE</strong>&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Yes, the Conference that will be held on October 12th thru 14th, 2012, in Raleigh, North Carolina!!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp; <a href="http://www.southernbloggersconferenceblog.com/"><img alt="" class="alignleft size-full wp-image-3083" height="299" src="http://housepitalitydesigns.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/header-logo.jpg" title="header logo" width="640" /></a>&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">I would like to take this opportunity to thank the following sponsors...</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong>&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.hometalk.com/"><img alt="" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-2796" height="300" src="http://housepitalitydesigns.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/ht-facebook-2-300x300.jpg" title="ht-facebook-2-300x300" width="300" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><a href="http://www.hometalk.com/" target="_blank">HOMETALK</a>!</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><strong>Miriam of Hometalk stated:</strong>&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;"<strong><a href="http://www.hometalk.com/" target="_blank">Hometalk</a></strong> was created so that people could help each other better their homes,&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;......being a part of a home improvement community means that you are not doing it alone,&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;..........you have the knowledge, expertise, and support of the people and pros on the site,&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;...............to help you make the right decisions."&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp; <strong>AT <a href="http://www.hometalk.com/" target="_blank">HOMETALK</a> you can:</strong></div><div style="text-align: center;"><strong><br /></strong></div><div style="text-align: center;"><strong>Ask Questions</strong> -- to obtain help or advice on a home or garden project.....from the friendly, knowledgable members of the Home Talk community.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;Such as this beautiful pond project:</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp; <a href="http://www.lentzcaping.com/"><img alt="" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-3099" height="198" src="http://housepitalitydesigns.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/vppu5d6xy6b9b6wnjsf2504e3ac8e3e33.jpg" title="vppu5d6xy6b9b6wnjsf2504e3ac8e3e33" width="400" /></a>&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><a href="http://www.lentzcaping.com/" target="_blank">Lentzcaping</a></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp; <strong>Get Inspired</strong> -- Where you will find thousands of beautiful, inspirational photos.</div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;Such as this beautiful vintage vignette in a boy's room:</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp; <a href="http://www.thistlewoodfarms.com/"><img alt="" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-3100" height="400" src="http://housepitalitydesigns.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/3nkhhq0q22qqb9tq03fx504e0d4d7c3cc.jpg" title="3nkhhq0q22qqb9tq03fx504e0d4d7c3cc" width="396" /></a>&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><a href="http://www.thistlewoodfarms.com/" target="_blank">Thistlewood Farm</a></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp; <strong>Search</strong> -- Where you can search the Hometalk Community of a project to gather ideas.....and find members and professionals to help you along the way.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp; <strong>Post Projects</strong> -- Share your photos or videos or advice of your project .....visable and appreciated by the Hometalk community. Such as this pretty Fall wreath made from coffee filters:</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp; <a href="http://www.recapturedcharm.com/"><img alt="" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-3101" height="400" src="http://housepitalitydesigns.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/yi3qpg7pafmcwzpxq0ji504d066edb7f5.jpg" title="yi3qpg7pafmcwzpxq0ji504d066edb7f5" width="396" /></a>&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><a href="http://www.recapturedcharm.com/" target="_blank">Recaptured Charm</a></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp; <strong>We thank you Hometalk for being one of our very proud sponsors of the Southern Bloggers Conference!</strong>&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;I would like to introduce you to our next sponsor:&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp; <strong><a href="http://www.arhaus.com/" target="_blank">ARHAUS</a></strong></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.arhaus.com/"><img alt="" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-3088" height="169" src="http://housepitalitydesigns.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/arhaus-logo1.jpg" title="arhaus logo" width="180" /></a>&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp; <strong><a href="http://www.arhaus.com/" target="_blank">Arhaus</a></strong> was started in 1986 with a passion to provide unique, high quality, well designed furnishings. Their philosophy is to design their own products, search for the best manufacturers while controlling quality.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp; <a href="http://housepitalitydesigns.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/club-fitted-sofa.jpg"><img alt="" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-3091" height="387" src="http://housepitalitydesigns.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/club-fitted-sofa.jpg" title="club-FITTED-sofa" width="650" /></a>&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Their upholstered furnishings are made right here in the USA in the state of North Carolina...</div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;.....of 100% Organic Cotton.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;The product developers travel the globe working directly with skilled artisans to create pieces...</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;.....that can only be found at Arhaus.</div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp; <a href="http://housepitalitydesigns.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/avignon-bedroom.jpg"><img alt="" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-3095" height="387" src="http://housepitalitydesigns.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/avignon-bedroom.jpg" title="avignon-bedroom" width="650" /></a> &nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">They promise you cherry, elm, and many other natural hardwoods and natural stone tops.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp; <strong><a href="http://www.arhaus.com/" target="_blank">Arhaus</a></strong> has a GREEN PHILOSOPHY whose artisans share our earth conscious values.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;The founder John Reed, has vowed to never use woods from endangered rain forests.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;In addition to beautiful home furnishings and accessories from pillows, to wall art, to lamps and chandeliers...&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;.....they also carry many vintage items such as beautiful vintage watering cans and other vintage accessories.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;There are 40 stores throughout the United States and one was recently opened in Raleigh, N.C....&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;.....right across the street from the conference!&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp; <strong>I AM VERY PROUD TO HAVE PRESENTED BOTH HOMETALK AND ARHAUS AMONG THE WONDERFUL SPONSORS OF...</strong></div><div style="text-align: center;"><strong><br /></strong></div><div style="text-align: center;"><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;...........................THE SOUTHERN BLOGGERS CONFERENCE OF 2012!!!!...................</strong><br /><strong><br /></strong><i>Originally posted by Shirley at <a href="http://housepitalitydesigns.com/" target="_blank">Housepitality Designs</a></i></div>Suzy Handgraafhttps://plus.google.com/112289516894396295714noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1562571084144167017.post-5459678375102177672012-09-06T08:24:00.000-04:002012-09-06T08:24:03.007-04:00Fall Decor Contest at the Conference!<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-XF9IK7iijUs/UEaObFeiStI/AAAAAAAAH28/FMUq6DyWbHE/s1600/facebook+header.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-XF9IK7iijUs/UEaObFeiStI/AAAAAAAAH28/FMUq6DyWbHE/s640/facebook+header.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;">There are several reasons why I look so&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;">forward to </span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;">Fall.</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;">I am Southern-born and bred, but I</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;">abhor the heat and humidity.</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;">I love the cooler days and sweaters... </span><br /><div style="line-height: 0px; padding-bottom: 2px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"><a href="http://pinterest.com/pin/195202965069962641/" target="_blank"><img border="0" height="600" src="http://media-cache0.pinterest.com/upload/233202086924404838_nqKRAbhE_c.jpg" width="400" /></a></span></div><div style="float: left; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-top: 0px;"><div style="color: #76838b;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-small;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Source: <a href="http://www.stonegable.blogspot.com/" style="color: #76838b; text-decoration: underline;">stonegable.blogspot.com</a> via <a href="http://pinterest.com/TheEverydayHome/" style="color: #76838b; text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Barbara</a> on <a href="http://pinterest.com/" style="color: #76838b; text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Pinterest</a></span></div></div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"><br /></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;">...pumpkins, soup, fall mountain apples...</span> </div><div style="line-height: 0px; padding-bottom: 2px;"><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://pinterest.com/pin/202239839486834770/" target="_blank"><img border="0" height="460" src="http://media-cache-ec6.pinterest.com/upload/202239839486834770_6xgiZ5bg_c.jpg" width="360" /></a></div></div><div style="float: left; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-top: 0px;"><div style="color: #76838b;"><span style="font-size: 10px;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: x-small;">Source: <a href="http://www.sallyelizabethforsythe.com/?p=2020" style="color: #76838b; text-decoration: underline;">sallyelizabethforsythe.com</a> via <a href="http://pinterest.com/marthakis/" style="color: #76838b; text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Martha</a> on <a href="http://pinterest.com/" style="color: #76838b; text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Pinterest</a></span></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"><br /></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;">- and about everything that you think of when</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;">you think of the Autumn season.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;">This year, I am also excited because</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;">I will be attending the</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"><b>Southern Bloggers Conference</b> in</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;">Raleigh, NC on Oct 12-13.</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"></span> <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-eRfV8csGOQs/UEaTMPUpJyI/AAAAAAAAH4A/FrXiMlKna40/s1600/BloggersButton2012.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-eRfV8csGOQs/UEaTMPUpJyI/AAAAAAAAH4A/FrXiMlKna40/s400/BloggersButton2012.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;">I am very proud to be part of the planning&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: x-large;">committee and have watched this event&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: x-large;">come to fruition.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: x-large;">Not to mention the</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;">growth of the "aweshum" bag of swag!</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"><br /></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;">One of the events that I think will&nbsp;</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"></span> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;">be&nbsp;</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;">huge fun is the&nbsp;</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"><b>SBC Fall Decor Contest</b>.</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;">After all, our logo says it all...</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"></span> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"><b><i>"...where creativity blossoms!"</i></b></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"><b><i><br /></i></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;">Attendees are invited to join in and enter</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;">one or all of the (5) &nbsp;Categories:</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;">1) <b>Fall Wreaths</b>:</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"></span></div><div style="line-height: 0px; padding-bottom: 2px;"><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://pinterest.com/pin/258886678550399193/" target="_blank"><img border="0" height="553" src="http://media-cache-ec2.pinterest.com/upload/258886678550399193_C9wxOXNT_c.jpg" width="570" /></a></div></div><div style="float: left; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-top: 0px;"><div style="color: #76838b;"><span style="font-size: x-small;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Source: <a href="http://www.trendytree.com/blog/?p=6971" style="color: #76838b; text-decoration: underline;">trendytree.com</a> via <a href="http://pinterest.com/daneesey/" style="color: #76838b; text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Denise</a> on <a href="http://pinterest.com/" style="color: #76838b; text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Pinterest</a></span></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"><br /></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"></span> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;">2) <b>Fall Centerpieces and Arrangements</b>:</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"></span></div><div style="line-height: 0px; padding-bottom: 2px;"><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://pinterest.com/pin/195202965069960044/" target="_blank"><img border="0" height="450" src="http://media-cache-ec4.pinterest.com/upload/195202965069960044_W3HxW8fd_c.jpg" width="600" /></a></div></div><div style="float: left; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-top: 0px;"><div style="color: #76838b;"><span style="font-size: x-small;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Source: <a href="http://www.blogger.com/post-create.g?blogID=2037719965404547480" style="color: #76838b; text-decoration: underline;">Uploaded by user</a> via <a href="http://pinterest.com/TheEverydayHome/" style="color: #76838b; text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Barbara</a> on <a href="http://pinterest.com/" style="color: #76838b; text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Pinterest</a></span></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"><br /></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;">3) <b>Fall Crafts</b>:</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"></span></div><div style="line-height: 0px; padding-bottom: 2px;"><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://pinterest.com/pin/218072806926108127/" target="_blank"><img border="0" height="570" src="http://media-cache-lt0.pinterest.com/upload/218072806926108127_BL4fi4yy_c.jpg" width="570" /></a></div></div><div style="float: left; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-top: 0px;"><div style="color: #76838b;"><span style="font-size: x-small;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Source: <a href="http://sunscholars.blogspot.com/2011/09/celebrating-fall-inspirations.html" style="color: #76838b; text-decoration: underline;">sunscholars.blogspot.com</a> via <a href="http://pinterest.com/amber_stites/" style="color: #76838b; text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Amber</a> on <a href="http://pinterest.com/" style="color: #76838b; text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Pinterest</a></span></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"></div><div style="text-align: center;"></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"><br /></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;">4) <b>Fall Decor</b>:&nbsp;</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;">(such as pillows, etc)</span></div><div style="line-height: 0px; padding-bottom: 2px;"><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://pinterest.com/pin/280138039292217352/" target="_blank"><img border="0" height="360" src="http://media-cache-ec4.pinterest.com/upload/280138039292217352_1Ngj7cch_c.jpg" width="360" /></a></div></div><div style="float: left; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-top: 0px;"><div style="color: #76838b;"><span style="font-size: x-small;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Source: <a href="http://www.bhg.com/thanksgiving/crafts/" style="color: #76838b; text-decoration: underline;">bhg.com</a> via <a href="http://pinterest.com/pmoffet/" style="color: #76838b; text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Pat</a> on <a href="http://pinterest.com/" style="color: #76838b; text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Pinterest</a></span></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"><br /></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;">5) <b>Fall Tablesettings</b>:</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"></span></div><div style="line-height: 0px; padding-bottom: 2px;"><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://pinterest.com/pin/199073245998111541/" target="_blank"><img border="0" height="450" src="http://media-cache-ec3.pinterest.com/upload/199073245998111541_5ku18YIF_c.jpg" width="600" /></a> </div></div><div style="float: left; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-top: 0px;"><div style="color: #76838b;"><span style="font-size: x-small;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Source: <a href="http://stonegable.blogspot.com/2009/11/second-thanksgiving-table.html" style="color: #76838b; text-decoration: underline;">stonegable.blogspot.com</a> via <a href="http://pinterest.com/nanafortuna/" style="color: #76838b; text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Janet</a> on <a href="http://pinterest.com/" style="color: #76838b; text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Pinterest</a></span></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"><br /></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;">The Committee Members and the other&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;">Attendees will vote for their favorite</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;">in each category, and winners be announced&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: x-large;">at the Conference and will receive some&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: x-large;">great prizes!</span><br /><span style="font-size: x-large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;">PLUS, &nbsp;winning projects will be showcased&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: x-large;">on the SBC Blog and several other blogs, as well.</span><br /><span style="font-size: x-large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;">I can't wait to see all of the great entries.</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;">I know with all the <b><i>creativity</i></b> out there in</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;">Bloggyville, this will be one of the many</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;">great events at the&nbsp;</span><b style="font-size: xx-large;">Southern Bloggers Conference</b><span style="font-size: x-large;">.</span><br /><span style="font-size: x-large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;">That is worthy of a <b>WOOT</b>!</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"></span> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;">Are you attending? &nbsp;Are you planning</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"></span> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;">your entries? &nbsp;I know they will be great!</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;">xxoo</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;">Barb</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"></span></div>Suzy Handgraafhttps://plus.google.com/112289516894396295714noreply@blogger.com5tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1562571084144167017.post-89943397066529615712012-09-04T08:35:00.000-04:002012-09-04T08:35:26.074-04:00Conference Attending Tips!<div style="text-align: center;">Even though I'm on the SBC planning team, I've never attended a blogging conference before! &nbsp;I'm filled to the brim with anticipation and excitement, but I'd still like to know what to expect, how to dress and on and on.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">We've added lots of tips for attending a blog conference to our <a href="http://www.southernbloggersconferenceblog.com/p/conference-tips.html" target="_blank">Conference Tips</a> page.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-dk0eT-YPB6U/UEXx-5iDcKI/AAAAAAAAJoE/9vZKqtPBS0E/s1600/helpful-tips.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-dk0eT-YPB6U/UEXx-5iDcKI/AAAAAAAAJoE/9vZKqtPBS0E/s400/helpful-tips.jpg" width="396" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Check it out!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">We'd love to add more! &nbsp;Just add your tip to the comments section. &nbsp;We'll add it and be sure to link back to your blog or website.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Help a conference newbie out, won't cha? &nbsp;;o)</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div>Suzy Handgraafhttps://plus.google.com/112289516894396295714noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1562571084144167017.post-23962916658419195832012-08-29T17:09:00.003-04:002012-08-29T22:52:10.919-04:00Contain Yourself @ The Container Store<br /><h2 style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 5px;">Contain Yourself! @The Container Store</h2><h3 style="background-color: white; color: #347d80; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 5px; text-transform: uppercase;">WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2012</h3><div class="pin-it-btn-wrapper" style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: 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style="border: 0px solid gray !important; height: 25px !important; overflow: hidden !important; width: 550px !important;"></iframe></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px;">If you can’t “Contain Yourself” when you go into the Container Store we completely understand…..</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px;"><a href="http://livingonthebliss.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/images1-e1346265082543.jpeg" style="color: #347d80; font-size: 11px; font-weight: bold; outline: none; text-decoration: none;"><img alt="The Container Store" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-1539" height="400" src="http://livingonthebliss.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/images1-e1346265126723.jpeg" style="border: none; display: block; margin-bottom: 40px; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; max-width: 100%; padding: 0px;" title="The Container Store" width="400" /></a></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px;"><br /></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px;">The Container Store has been assisting home owners organize and create the feel of peace and calm in their homes with their amazing products for years. &nbsp;They have wonderful staff ready to help you with whatever your project may be.</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px;"><a href="http://livingonthebliss.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/images2.jpeg" style="color: #347d80; font-size: 11px; font-weight: bold; outline: none; text-decoration: none;"><img alt="The Container Store" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-1553" height="400" src="http://livingonthebliss.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/images2-e1346265436920.jpeg" style="border: none; display: block; margin-bottom: 40px; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; max-width: 100%; padding: 0px;" title="The Container Store" width="500" /></a></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px;">The Container Store was always a big FAVORITE of OPRAH! &nbsp;Remember seeing them on her show. &nbsp;Boy, I miss The Oprah Show, don’t you?</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px;"><a href="http://livingonthebliss.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/images6.jpeg" style="color: #347d80; font-size: 11px; font-weight: bold; outline: none; text-decoration: none;"><img alt="The Container Store" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-1554" height="376" src="http://livingonthebliss.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/images6-e1346265615354.jpeg" style="border: none; display: block; margin-bottom: 40px; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; max-width: 100%; padding: 0px;" title="The Container Store" width="500" /></a></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px;">Here is a great way to organized all your favorite DIY magazines….</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px;"><a href="http://livingonthebliss.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/images7.jpeg" style="color: #347d80; font-size: 11px; font-weight: bold; outline: none; text-decoration: none;"><img alt="The Container Store" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-1555" height="374" src="http://livingonthebliss.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/images7-e1346265692640.jpeg" style="border: none; display: block; margin-bottom: 40px; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; max-width: 100%; padding: 0px;" title="The Container Store" width="500" /></a></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px;">Organizing any room in your home is a breeze with the systems they have developed that coordinate together. &nbsp;You can turn your laundry room, home office, closet or pantry into a much more usable space! &nbsp;And actually find things….BONUS…..</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px;"><a href="http://livingonthebliss.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/images8.jpeg" style="color: #347d80; font-size: 11px; font-weight: bold; outline: none; text-decoration: none;"><img alt="The Container Store" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-1556" height="500" src="http://livingonthebliss.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/images8-e1346265966384.jpeg" style="border: none; display: block; margin-bottom: 40px; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; max-width: 100%; padding: 0px;" title="The Container Store" width="500" /></a></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px;">Great Color!</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px;"><a href="http://livingonthebliss.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/images9.jpeg" style="color: #347d80; font-size: 11px; font-weight: bold; outline: none; text-decoration: none;"><img alt="The Container Store" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-1557" height="332" src="http://livingonthebliss.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/images9-e1346266022889.jpeg" style="border: none; display: block; margin-bottom: 40px; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; max-width: 100%; padding: 0px;" title="The Container Store" width="500" /></a></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px;">Nice Pantry…</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px;"><a href="http://livingonthebliss.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/elfaWhiteWalkInPantry_l.jpg" style="color: #347d80; font-size: 11px; font-weight: bold; outline: none; text-decoration: none;"><img alt="The Container Store" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-1560" height="500" src="http://livingonthebliss.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/elfaWhiteWalkInPantry_l-e1346266319342.jpg" style="border: none; display: block; margin-bottom: 40px; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; max-width: 100%; padding: 0px;" title="The Container Store" width="500" /></a></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px;">The Container Store is a sponsor for the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.southernbloggersconferenceblog.com/p/register.html" style="color: #347d80; font-size: 11px; font-weight: bold; outline: none; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank" title="Buy Tickets Here">Southern Bloggers Conference</a>. &nbsp;We are very proud to have them participating and sharing organizing ideas with us in a class on Friday, October 12th @ 4:00 at their Raleigh Store. &nbsp;Their experts will be on hand to help us with any organizing challenges we have. &nbsp;You can learn how to organize you home office, set up a closet system, design a garage storage, free your playroom &amp; children’s room of all the toy clutter.</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px;">We will also learn more about the Container Store’s history and how they can work with us as bloggers.</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px;">Please join us for this fun time to learn more about The Container Store and all their great products!!!</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px;">Did I mention there will be some prize giveaways, only for those in our group attending the Container Store session????</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px;">JOIN 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margin-bottom: 40px; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; max-width: 100%; padding: 0px;" title="Southern Bloggers Conference" width="640" /></a></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px;"><a href="http://www.southernbloggersconferenceblog.com/p/register.html" style="color: #347d80; font-size: 11px; font-weight: bold; outline: none; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank" title="PURCHASE TICKETS HERE">&nbsp;BUY YOU TICKETS HERE!</a></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px;"><a href="http://www.southernbloggersconferenceblog.com/" style="color: #347d80; font-size: 11px; font-weight: bold; outline: none; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank" title="SOUTHERN BLOGGERS CONFERENCE BLOG">SUBSCRIBE TO OUR BLOG HERE!&nbsp;</a></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px;"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/SouthernBloggersConference" style="color: #347d80; font-size: 11px; font-weight: bold; outline: none; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank" title="FACEBOOK">LIKE US ON FACEBOOK HERE!</a></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px;"><a href="https://twitter.com/SouthBlogConf" style="color: #347d80; font-size: 11px; font-weight: bold; outline: none; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank" title="TWITTER">FOLLOW US ON TWITTER HERE!</a></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px;">Cindy &amp; Cassie</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px;">Living on the Bliss</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; padding: 0px 0px 12px;">Sheer Happiness for yourself and your home…</div>Cindy Miller LivingontheBlisshttps://plus.google.com/103630179057587943019noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1562571084144167017.post-76865605209359219522012-08-24T06:51:00.000-04:002012-08-24T06:51:12.043-04:00Don't You Just Love S.W.A.G?<div style="text-align: center;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-h4XcvC7idv8/UDa30vzm9-I/AAAAAAAAJcc/ALj3VhXkrIg/s1600/swag.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="404" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-h4XcvC7idv8/UDa30vzm9-I/AAAAAAAAJcc/ALj3VhXkrIg/s640/swag.png" width="640" /></a></div><br />Websters defines swag as this:<br /><br /><h2 class="me" style="display: inline; font-family: 'Arial Unicode MS', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; text-align: left;">swag</h2><sup style="bottom: 1ex; color: #333333; font-family: verdana; font-size: 0.75em; height: 0px; line-height: 1; position: relative; text-align: left; vertical-align: baseline;"><span id="hotword"><span id="hotword" name="hotword">1</span>&nbsp;</span></sup><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: verdana; font-size: 18px; text-align: left;"> </span><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: verdana; font-size: 18px; text-align: left;">&nbsp;</span><span class="pronset" style="color: #333333; font-family: verdana; font-size: 18px; text-align: left;"><span audio="http://static.sfdict.com/dictstatic/dictionary/audio/luna/S11/S1172000.mp3" class="speaker" default="http://dictionary.reference.com/audio.html/lunaWAV/S11/S1172000" style="background-attachment: scroll; background-image: url(http://static.sfdict.com/en/i/dictionary/newserp/Sprite_New.png); background-position: -287px -194px; background-repeat: repeat repeat; cursor: pointer; display: inline-block; height: 19px; padding-left: 3px; width: 20px;"></span> <span class="show_spellpr" style="display: inline;"><span class="prondelim" style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">[</span><span class="pron" style="display: inline; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">swag</span><span class="prondelim" style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">]</span>&nbsp;<a class="questionmark" href="http://dictionary.reference.com/help/luna/Spell_pron_key.html" style="background-attachment: scroll; background-image: url(http://static.sfdict.com/en/i/dictionary/newserp/Sprite_New.png); background-position: -176px -215px; background-repeat: repeat repeat; color: #333333; display: inline-block; font-size: small; height: 16px; position: relative; top: 2px; width: 16px;" target="_blank"></a>&nbsp;<span class="pron_toggle" style="display: inline;"><a alt="Toggle for IPA" class="pronlink" href="http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=1904836851081439323" style="color: #999999; cursor: pointer; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px; margin-left: 11px; text-decoration: underline;" title="Click to show IPA">Show IPA</a>&nbsp;</span></span>,</span><span class="pg" style="color: #333333; display: inline; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: italic; font-weight: bold; padding-right: 3px; text-align: left;"><span id="hotword"><span id="hotword" name="hotword">noun,</span>&nbsp;<span id="hotword" name="hotword">verb,</span>&nbsp;</span></span><span class="secondary-bf" style="color: #333333; display: inline; font-family: verdana; font-size: 13px; font-weight: bold; text-align: left;">swagged,</span><span class="secondary-bf" style="color: #333333; display: inline; font-family: verdana; font-size: 13px; font-weight: bold; text-align: left;">swag·ging.</span><br /><br /><div class="body" style="background-color: white; margin: 0em 0px 0em 0em; padding: 0px; text-align: left;"><div class="pbk" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px;"><span class="pg" style="color: #333333; display: inline; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: italic; font-weight: bold; padding-right: 3px;"><span id="hotword"><span id="hotword" name="hotword" style="cursor: default;">noun</span></span></span><br /><div class="luna-Ent" style="background-image: none; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 1em; margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 5px;"><span class="dnindex" style="display: block; float: left; font-weight: bold; width: 28px;"><span id="hotword">1.</span></span><br /><div class="dndata" style="font-family: verdana; font-size: small; margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 0px 37px;"><span id="hotword"><span id="hotword" name="hotword" style="cursor: default;">a</span>&nbsp;<span id="hotword" name="hotword">suspended</span>&nbsp;<span id="hotword" name="hotword">wreath,</span>&nbsp;<span id="hotword" name="hotword">garland,</span>&nbsp;<span id="hotword" name="hotword" style="cursor: default;">drapery,</span>&nbsp;<span id="hotword" name="hotword" style="cursor: default;">or</span><span id="hotword" name="hotword" style="cursor: default;">the</span>&nbsp;<span id="hotword" name="hotword">like,</span>&nbsp;<span id="hotword" name="hotword">fastened</span>&nbsp;<span id="hotword" name="hotword" style="cursor: pointer;">up</span>&nbsp;<span id="hotword" name="hotword">at</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;or&nbsp;<span id="hotword" name="hotword">near</span>&nbsp;<span id="hotword" name="hotword">each</span>&nbsp;<span id="hotword" name="hotword">end</span>&nbsp;<span id="hotword" name="hotword">and&nbsp;</span><span id="hotword" name="hotword" style="cursor: default;">hanging</span>&nbsp;<span id="hotword" name="hotword">down</span>&nbsp;<span id="hotword" name="hotword">in</span>&nbsp;<span id="hotword" name="hotword" style="cursor: default;">the</span>&nbsp;<span id="hotword" name="hotword">middle;</span>&nbsp;<span id="hotword" name="hotword">festoon.</span></span></div></div><div class="luna-Ent" style="background-image: none; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 1em; margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 5px;"><span class="dnindex" style="display: block; float: left; font-weight: bold; width: 28px;"><span id="hotword">2.</span></span><br /><div class="dndata" style="font-family: verdana; font-size: small; margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 0px 37px;"><span id="hotword"><span id="hotword" name="hotword">a</span>&nbsp;<span id="hotword" name="hotword" style="cursor: default;">wreath,</span>&nbsp;<span id="hotword" name="hotword">spray,</span>&nbsp;<span id="hotword" name="hotword">or</span>&nbsp;<span id="hotword" name="hotword" style="cursor: default;">cluster</span>&nbsp;<span id="hotword" name="hotword">of</span>&nbsp;<span id="hotword" name="hotword">foliage,&nbsp;</span><span id="hotword" name="hotword" style="cursor: default;">flowers,</span>&nbsp;<span id="hotword" name="hotword">or</span>&nbsp;<span id="hotword" name="hotword">fruit.</span></span></div></div><div class="luna-Ent" style="background-image: none; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 1em; margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 5px;"><span class="dnindex" style="display: block; float: left; font-weight: bold; width: 28px;"><span id="hotword">3.</span></span><br /><div class="dndata" style="font-family: verdana; font-size: small; margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 0px 37px;"><span id="hotword"><span id="hotword" name="hotword">a</span>&nbsp;<span id="hotword" name="hotword" style="cursor: default;">festoon,</span>&nbsp;<span id="hotword" name="hotword">especially</span>&nbsp;<span id="hotword" name="hotword">one</span>&nbsp;<span id="hotword" name="hotword" style="cursor: default;">very</span>&nbsp;<span id="hotword" name="hotword">heavy</span>&nbsp;<span id="hotword" name="hotword">toward&nbsp;</span><span id="hotword" name="hotword" style="cursor: default;">the</span>&nbsp;<span id="hotword" name="hotword" style="cursor: default;">center.</span></span></div></div><div class="luna-Ent" style="background-image: none; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 1em; margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 5px;"><span class="dnindex" style="display: block; float: left; font-weight: bold; width: 28px;"><span id="hotword">4.</span></span><br /><div class="dndata" style="font-family: verdana; font-size: small; margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 0px 37px;"><span id="hotword"><span id="hotword" name="hotword">a</span>&nbsp;<span id="hotword" name="hotword" style="cursor: default;">swale.</span></span></div></div><div class="luna-Ent" style="background-image: none; margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 5px;"><span class="dnindex" style="display: block; float: left; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 1em; font-weight: bold; width: 28px;"><span id="hotword">5.</span></span><br /><div class="dndata" style="font-family: verdana; font-size: small; margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 0px 37px;"><span id="hotword"><span id="hotword" name="hotword">a</span>&nbsp;<span id="hotword" name="hotword" style="cursor: default;">swaying</span>&nbsp;<span id="hotword" name="hotword" style="cursor: default;">or</span>&nbsp;<span id="hotword" name="hotword" style="cursor: default;">lurching</span>&nbsp;</span>movement<span id="hotword">.</span></div><div class="dndata" style="color: #333333; font-family: verdana; font-size: small; margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 0px 37px; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="dndata" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 0px 37px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: large;"><i>Whatever</i>.</span> &nbsp;That is so 2011.</span></div><div class="dndata" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 0px 37px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="dndata" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 0px 37px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">How about:</span></div></div></div></div><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp; &nbsp; <i>&nbsp;</i>Swell&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Wonderful&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Awesome</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Goodies</span><br /><br />How about S.W.A.G in a bag? &nbsp;AKA bag o' loot.<br /><br />No good enough? &nbsp;How about <i>free</i> S.W.A.G in a gorgeous&nbsp;<i>free&nbsp;</i>bag?<br /><br /><i>Free</i> S.W.A.G from places like these:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4GRZk-W97zc/UDbAoZzbweI/AAAAAAAAJew/MrjZ13B_V4A/s1600/PicMonkey+Collage.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="374" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4GRZk-W97zc/UDbAoZzbweI/AAAAAAAAJew/MrjZ13B_V4A/s640/PicMonkey+Collage.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />This is just a sampling of the many companies that are donating SWAG for our BAG at the <a href="http://www.southernbloggersconferenceblog.com/" target="_blank">Southern Bloggers Conference</a>.<br /><br />It's gonna be good, y'all. &nbsp;I pinky promise.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-FXqwldrHAtE/UDbCoLPM6pI/AAAAAAAAJe4/0u8i7Jvk8-s/s1600/pinky+promise.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="428" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-FXqwldrHAtE/UDbCoLPM6pI/AAAAAAAAJe4/0u8i7Jvk8-s/s640/pinky+promise.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />You can purchase your ticket <a href="http://www.southernbloggersconferenceblog.com/" target="_blank">here</a>.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><img border="0" height="266" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-QA4XfL0XKmg/UDbGhVmsB4I/AAAAAAAAJgE/rIWo3X2hHUE/s400/BloggersButton2012.jpg" width="400" /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><b><i>{Originally posted on&nbsp;<a href="http://worthingcourt.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">Worthing Court</a>}</i></b></div><br /></div>Suzy Handgraafhttps://plus.google.com/112289516894396295714noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1562571084144167017.post-23402542397164743082012-08-21T09:35:00.000-04:002012-08-21T09:35:48.468-04:00Last Chance to Win a Free Ticket!<div style="text-align: center;">Y'all, there is one last chance to win a free ticket to the Southern Bloggers Conference!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">The giveaway is going right now over at Kelly's blog - <a href="http://eclecticallyvintage.com/2012/08/southern-bloggers-conference-ticket-giveaway/" target="_blank">Eclectically Vintage</a>.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2N42daPPD9Q/UDOMYpTQkvI/AAAAAAAAJYQ/AF2MLhpGz6c/s1600/2Eclectically+Vintage_button.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="387" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2N42daPPD9Q/UDOMYpTQkvI/AAAAAAAAJYQ/AF2MLhpGz6c/s400/2Eclectically+Vintage_button.png" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">The <a href="http://www.southernbloggersconferenceblog.com/p/sbc-team.html" target="_blank">SBC team</a> is so excited that Kelly is going to be speaking at the conference on How to Avoid the Top Blogging Pitfalls.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1x6Cc2MOwhE/UDONA5Dg4iI/AAAAAAAAJYY/4DSnLRLkyYk/s1600/Kelly+Pic.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1x6Cc2MOwhE/UDONA5Dg4iI/AAAAAAAAJYY/4DSnLRLkyYk/s400/Kelly+Pic.jpg" width="327" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Kelly is offering three ways to win. &nbsp;But hurry! &nbsp;The giveaway ends Wednesday (that's tomorrow) night at 11:59 pm.!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Head over to <a href="http://eclecticallyvintage.com/2012/08/southern-bloggers-conference-ticket-giveaway/" target="_blank">Eclectically Vintage</a> to get all of the details and to enter for your chance to win!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><i>Pssst! &nbsp;You can read more about the Speakers <a href="http://www.southernbloggersconferenceblog.com/p/speakers.html" target="_blank">here</a> and more about the Sessions and Events <a href="http://www.southernbloggersconferenceblog.com/p/sessionsevents.html" target="_blank">here</a>.</i></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div>Suzy Handgraafhttps://plus.google.com/112289516894396295714noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1562571084144167017.post-44210417261064940132012-08-17T08:58:00.001-04:002012-08-17T08:58:20.824-04:00Free Ticket Giveaway at Thistlewood Farm!<img alt="gray and white farmhouse christmas" class="aligncenter" height="550" src="http://thistlewoodfarm.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/72frontroom02d1.jpg" title="gray_and_white_farmhouse_Christmas" width="750" /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: center;"> photo credit </span><a href="http://rtmconnect.com/" style="text-align: center;" target="_blank">RTM Connect</a><br /><br /></div><strong>December 9, 2011</strong> This is the first picture from the <a href="http://www.thistlewoodfarms.com/cropping-the-halls" target="_blank">first post I ever wrote for the blog</a>.<br /><em><br /></em><em>It seems like it was yesterday.</em><br /><br />I can remember sitting in front of the computer....staring at this picture....trying to think of something to write about.<br /><br />With absolutely positively no idea where to start. <br /><br /><br />Here were my ideas for my first post:<br /><strong><br /></strong><strong>Christmas in a farmhouse?</strong><br /><br />Ummm.....a little vague.<br /><strong><br /></strong><strong>How to decorate your mantel?</strong><br /><br />Ummm.....a few bloggers had written about this already (about 542,325).<br /><strong><br /></strong><strong>How much I love seagrass rugs?</strong><br /><br />I probably should have gone with that one. <br /><br /><br />And then I saw it.<br /><em><br /></em><em>Yikes.</em><br /><br />The incomprehensible overwhelming embarrassment of it all.<br />Christmas decorating 101.<br /><strong><br /></strong><strong>The tree didn't even have a tree skirt.</strong> <br /><br /><br />I had decorated my house for Christmas, cleaned my house top to bottom, had a photographer come to my house, take pictures of my Christmas decorations..... <br /><div style="text-align: center;"><br />.....and I didn't put a tree skirt under the tree.<br /><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><strong>And in that single embarrassing tree-skirtless moment......the randomness that is Thistlewood Farm was born.</strong><br /><strong><br /></strong></div>&nbsp; <br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.southernbloggersconferenceblog.com/" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-0LkUg6QbcgM/UCubRjA0KHI/AAAAAAAAMFY/s25uS3Xl3Ds/s640/header_logo.jpg" /></a></div><div style="text-align: left;"><strong><br /></strong><strong><br /></strong><br /><strong>The journey and growth of this blog has been an amazing blessing to me. </strong></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br />One that I want to share with you at the <a href="http://www.southernbloggersconferenceblog.com/" target="_blank">Southern Bloggers Conference</a> on October 12 -13 in Raleigh, North Carolina.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br />I'm speaking on <strong>"Five Proven Ways to Grow Your Blog."</strong></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br />It may have a catchier title by then.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br />I'm open to suggestions :)</div>&nbsp; <br /><div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-pkKvsdm-uS8/UCughIchSVI/AAAAAAAAMHA/zJ7ua2gAhc8/s400/rhoda.jpg" /></div>&nbsp; <br /><div style="text-align: left;">I'm so happy to be speaking with three other amazing friends of mine.</div>&nbsp; <br /><div style="text-align: left;">Rhoda from <a href="http://southernhospitalityblog.com/" target="_blank">Southern Hospitality</a> is a truly creative force in blog land and <strong>she will be sharing her heart and her blogging journey</strong>.<br /><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I have heard Rhoda speak and she will make you laugh and encourage you and inspire you to reach for the stars.</div>&nbsp; <br /><div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-sGG8YqTr0M8/UCujjbeFGtI/AAAAAAAAMIo/Zwo5rMynu-4/s400/Heather.jpg" /></div><br />My girl Heather from<a href="http://www.atthepicketfence.com/" target="_blank"> At the Picket Fence</a> will be there.<br /><br />She is speaking on <strong>"fake it 'till you make it" and how to find, work with and develop long term relationships with sponsors.</strong>&nbsp; <br /><br />Wait until you hear her. Seriously.<br /><br />First she will make you laugh.<br /><br />Then she will completely change how you look at advertising and marketing and all things SEO.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-D6KLECf5LQQ/UCufGV-Ya1I/AAAAAAAAMG4/Fl5k3qNFzRQ/s400/Kelly+Pic.jpg" /></div><br />And you all know my BFF Kelly from <a href="http://eclecticallyvintage.com/" target="_blank">Eclectically Vintage</a>.<br /><br />You might have seen her over here a few times :)<br /><br />She has an incredible sense of humor and a way of looking at things that make you laugh until you sound like the two old Muppet men in the opera house box.<br /><br />Kelly is speaking on blogging mistakes (who hasn't made some of those) and what she has learned from them. &nbsp; <br /><div style="text-align: center;"><strong><br /></strong><strong>Please say you'll join us.</strong></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br />We would love to meet you!</div><h6 style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.southernbloggersconferenceblog.com/" target="_blank"><span style="font-size: large;">Southern Blogger's Conference</span></a></h6><div style="text-align: center;"><strong>October 12 -13</strong><br /><strong><br /></strong></div><div style="text-align: center;"><strong>Raleigh, North Carolina</strong></div><h4 style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></h4><h4 style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">And now here's the best part......do you want to go for FREE?</span></h4><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><br />I'm giving away a FREE ticket to one Thistlewood Reader!</div><h2 style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;"><br /></span></h2><h2 style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">That's right.....FREE!</span></h2>&nbsp; <br /><div style="text-align: center;">For more details head over to</div><h4 style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.thistlewoodfarms.com/" target="_blank">Thistlewood Farms</a></h4><div style="text-align: center;">for your chance to enter!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br />Good luck and I can't wait to meet you!</div>Suzy Handgraafhttps://plus.google.com/112289516894396295714noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1562571084144167017.post-63005709251599888932012-08-16T06:52:00.000-04:002012-08-16T06:52:59.332-04:00Ticket Winner Announced!<div style="text-align: center;">We've been teasing you a lot lately with a couple of ticket giveaways to the Southern Bloggers Conference.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Thank you to Rhoda at <a href="http://southernhospitalityblog.com/" target="_blank">Southern Hospitality</a>&nbsp;for hosting the very first one!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><i>In case you don't already know, Rhoda will be speaking and thrifting with us at the conference. &nbsp;Woot!</i></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-YV8ckxRZJ_U/UCzNFZ-XhRI/AAAAAAAAJO4/VsojXpgdm1Q/s1600/rhoda1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-YV8ckxRZJ_U/UCzNFZ-XhRI/AAAAAAAAJO4/VsojXpgdm1Q/s320/rhoda1.jpg" width="224" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">The lucky winner is Laura with <a href="http://www.topthistopthat.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">Top This Top That</a>.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-eMowE6xbztY/UCzMkTd0P7I/AAAAAAAAJOw/9ZeOG85d4rc/s1600/top+this+top+that+header.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="252" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-eMowE6xbztY/UCzMkTd0P7I/AAAAAAAAJOw/9ZeOG85d4rc/s640/top+this+top+that+header.png" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Congrats, Laura! &nbsp;We'so so excited for you and look forward to meeting you at the conference! </div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Didn't win this one? &nbsp;No worries. &nbsp;There's another conference ticket giveaway going on right now over <a href="http://www.atthepicketfence.com/2012/08/southern-bloggers-conferenceguest.html" target="_blank">At the Picket Fence</a>!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><i>Here's another treat for ya - the lovely Heather will also be speaking and spending time with us at the conference!</i></div><div style="text-align: center;"><i><br /></i></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MNrJbqchSzQ/UCzPT8FXQZI/AAAAAAAAJPA/CWzU-7AhB_U/s1600/Heather.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MNrJbqchSzQ/UCzPT8FXQZI/AAAAAAAAJPA/CWzU-7AhB_U/s320/Heather.jpg" width="219" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><i><br /></i></div><div style="text-align: center;">Want to be <i>sure</i> you're at the conference? &nbsp;We're expecting a sellout! &nbsp;Just click on the Eventbrite widget at the top of the page to purchase a ticket.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div>Suzy Handgraafhttps://plus.google.com/112289516894396295714noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1562571084144167017.post-50144492248698901672012-08-15T15:50:00.002-04:002012-08-15T15:50:48.470-04:00<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-0LkUg6QbcgM/UCubRjA0KHI/AAAAAAAAMFY/s25uS3Xl3Ds/s1600/header_logo.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-0LkUg6QbcgM/UCubRjA0KHI/AAAAAAAAMFY/s25uS3Xl3Ds/s640/header_logo.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><center></center><center></center><center></center><center></center><center>Hi friends! We have an exciting announcement and an awesome giveaway here today <a href="http://www.atthepicketfence.com/2012/08/southern-bloggers-conferenceguest.html" target="_blank">At The Picket Fence</a>!</center><center></center><center></center><center>Have you heard of the <b><u><a href="http://www.southernbloggersconferenceblog.com/" target="_blank">Southern Bloggers Conference</a></u></b>? In just a few weeks bloggers from all of the the south and even farther will be gathering together to learn, laugh and create...all things bloggers do best!</center><center></center><center><b><br /></b></center><center><b>And, Heather is so excited to be joining forces with the fabulous Southern Blogger Conference committee as a featured speaker!! How cool is that y'all!?! grin!</b></center><center><b><br /></b></center><center></center><center></center><center>I couldn't be more tickled to stand on the platform with three other amazing women...all whom I call my dear friends!</center><center></center><center></center><center></center><center></center><center>First...the fabulous, the gorgeous...the oh so Southern...<b>Rhoda</b> of <b><u><a href="http://southernhospitalityblog.com/" target="_blank">Southern Hospitality</a></u></b>! She has so much wisdom to share after years of blogging and will be taking us on a journey through her blogging career and what she has learned along the way.</center><center></center><center></center><center></center><center></center><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-pkKvsdm-uS8/UCughIchSVI/AAAAAAAAMHA/zJ7ua2gAhc8/s1600/rhoda.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-pkKvsdm-uS8/UCughIchSVI/AAAAAAAAMHA/zJ7ua2gAhc8/s400/rhoda.jpg" width="362" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><center></center><center>Then there's my dear, lovely, make you laugh until you cry friend Kari of <b><u><a href="http://www.thistlewoodfarms.com/" target="_blank">Thistlewood Farm</a></u></b>. &nbsp;</center><center></center><center><img height="320" src="http://housepitalitydesigns.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/scan.jpg" width="283" /></center><center></center><center></center><center></center><center>Y'all don't even KNOW how funny this girl is. &nbsp;I start laughing even before I head over to her blog cause I know her post is going to have me in stitches and her gorgeous photos will leave me with my mouth hanging open. &nbsp;Kari, will be sharing how she has grown her blog so quickly and the secrets behind her success! </center><center></center><center></center><center></center><center></center><center>And last, but most certainly not least, my beautiful and eclectically talented with a vintage twist amazing friend <b>Kelly</b> of <b><u><a href="http://eclecticallyvintage.com/" target="_blank">Eclectically Vintage</a></u></b>. &nbsp;</center><center></center><center></center><center></center><center></center><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-D6KLECf5LQQ/UCufGV-Ya1I/AAAAAAAAMG4/Fl5k3qNFzRQ/s1600/Kelly+Pic.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-D6KLECf5LQQ/UCufGV-Ya1I/AAAAAAAAMG4/Fl5k3qNFzRQ/s400/Kelly+Pic.jpg" width="327" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><center></center><center></center><center>You might have met Kelly yesterday here <b><u><a href="http://www.atthepicketfence.com/2012/08/meeting-eclectically-vintageat-picket.html" target="_blank">At The Picket Fence</a></u></b>, since she was our guest. &nbsp;If not visit that post to see her amazing projects and home. Kelly will be sharing blogging mistakes she has made along the way and what she's learned from them.</center><center></center><center></center><center></center><center></center><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-sGG8YqTr0M8/UCujjbeFGtI/AAAAAAAAMIo/Zwo5rMynu-4/s1600/Heather.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-sGG8YqTr0M8/UCujjbeFGtI/AAAAAAAAMIo/Zwo5rMynu-4/s400/Heather.jpg" width="272" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><center></center><center></center><center></center><center>And then y'all get to hear from me..how I'm going to follow that billing is beyond me! grin! I will be sharing how to "fake it 'till you make it" and how to find, work with and develop long term relationships with sponsors. <i>Unfortunately Vanessa won't be joining us, but we'll have to come up with a fun way to "bring her along" anyway...heheh!&nbsp;</i></center><center><i><br /></i></center><center></center><center>Now don't <b>YOU </b>want to join us in <b>Raleigh, North Carolina October 12-13th for this amazing conference!</b></center><center><b><br /></b></center><center></center><center>We will kick off the conference Friday night with a fun cocktail party and then spend Saturday learning and creating with sessions and some amazing demonstrations! Sunday the committee has a fun thrifting day planned. &nbsp;It's going to be two days you don't want to miss!</center><center></center><center></center><center></center><center></center><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-u_0OFZmQRro/UCulMI2r04I/AAAAAAAAMIw/-aLSLklqOQ8/s1600/bloggerslogo2012-resized.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="187" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-u_0OFZmQRro/UCulMI2r04I/AAAAAAAAMIw/-aLSLklqOQ8/s400/bloggerslogo2012-resized.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><center></center><center></center><center></center><center>You can get all of the information for the <b><u><a href="http://www.southernbloggersconferenceblog.com/" target="_blank">Southern Bloggers Conference</a></u></b> on their website as well as keep up with all of the exciting information leading up to the conference on their <b><u><a href="https://www.facebook.com/SouthernBloggersConference" target="_blank">Facebook Page</a></u></b>...and...I am so extatic to be offering ONE of our readers a chance to attend this conference on us!</center><center></center><center></center><center>The conference committee would like to offer one reader of At The Picket Fence a chance to win a conference pass!! We'd sure love it to be YOU!&nbsp;</center><center></center><center><i><br /></i></center><center><i>Here's all you have to do to enter:</i></center><center><i><br /></i></center><center></center><center><b>Leave a comment below telling me one reason why you love the South&nbsp;&nbsp;so much&nbsp;<i>(you don't even have to be southern, just tell us something you love about Southern traditions..think sweet tea. grin!)</i> &nbsp;and you'll be entered to win a pass to the Southern Bloggers Conference!&nbsp;</b></center><center><b><br /></b></center><center><b>Giveaway open until Saturday 8 am EST</b></center><center><b>We'll draw the winners name and announce it on Saturday!</b></center><center></center><center></center><center></center><center></center><center>and even if you don't win a ticket, <i>bless your heart</i>, we'd sure love to see you there! Prices are so reasonable and we promise what you take away from the conference will be priceless!&nbsp;</center><center></center><center></center><center>If you are already planning on attending, be sure to put the conference button on your blog!</center><center><center></center><center></center><center></center><center><a href="http://www.southernbloggersconferenceblog.com/"><img src="http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w374/AttaGirlSays/buttonsquare150X150.jpg" /></a></center>; <center><div style="background-color: white; border: 1px solid black; color: black; height: 75px; overflow: auto; width: 125px;">&lt;center&gt;&lt;a href="http://www.southernbloggersconferenceblog.com"&gt;&lt;img/ src=" "http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w374/AttaGirlSays/buttonsquare150X150.jpg"/&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/center&gt;</div></center></center><center style="text-align: center;"></center><center style="text-align: center;"></center><center style="text-align: center;"></center><center style="text-align: center;">Can't wait to see y'all at the Southern Bloggers Conference!</center><center style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0eTFcz04tFo/UCumuG7egGI/AAAAAAAAMI4/5proZj5cMcA/s1600/signature.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0eTFcz04tFo/UCumuG7egGI/AAAAAAAAMI4/5proZj5cMcA/s1600/signature.png" /></a></center>Suzy Handgraafhttps://plus.google.com/112289516894396295714noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1562571084144167017.post-29227181719076848312012-08-14T13:56:00.000-04:002012-08-14T13:56:56.534-04:00Announcing a New Speaker at the Southern Bloggers Conference!<div style="text-align: center;">You may already know that <a href="http://www.southernbloggersconferenceblog.com/" title="Southern Bloggers Conference">The Southern Bloggers Conference</a> has a great lineup&nbsp;of speakers!!.....&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;Rhoda from <a href="http://southernhospitalityblog.com/" title="Southern Hospitality">Southern Hospitality....&nbsp;</a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://housepitalitydesigns.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/rhoda1.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-2688" height="320" src="http://housepitalitydesigns.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/rhoda1.jpg" title="rhoda1" width="224" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"> KariAnne from <a href="http://www.thistlewoodfarms.com/" title="Thistlewood Farm">Thistlewood Farm...</a>&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://housepitalitydesigns.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/scan.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-2691" height="320" src="http://housepitalitydesigns.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/scan.jpg" title="scan" width="281" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp; Heather from <a href="http://www.atthepicketfence.com/" title="At the Picket Fence">At The Picket Fence....</a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://housepitalitydesigns.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/dsc_0949-1.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-2695" height="311" src="http://housepitalitydesigns.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/dsc_0949-1.jpg" title="DSC_0949-1" width="200" /></a></div><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;And now we would like to introduce another speaker who will be joining the team.... The ever so talented Kelly from&nbsp;<a href="http://eclecticallyvintage.com/" target="_blank">Eclectically Vintage</a>!</div><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://housepitalitydesigns.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/kelly_ecv2.png" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-2874" height="400" src="http://housepitalitydesigns.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/kelly_ecv2.png" title="kelly_ecv2" width="358" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"> Kelly, like the other fantastic speakers, has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the blog world....</div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;.....that will compliment her fellow speakers.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;If you are familiar with her blog....you may have seen some of her ever so creative projects....</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;......such as this one!&nbsp;</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-P8QFJbBcow0/UCqNPizbyQI/AAAAAAAAJOg/rS2YcuIS3SY/s1600/repurposed+chest.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-P8QFJbBcow0/UCqNPizbyQI/AAAAAAAAJOg/rS2YcuIS3SY/s640/repurposed+chest.jpg" width="480" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;For you see, she has a love of all things vintage...</div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;......and beautifully incorporates them into her home.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;And take a look at what she got when she "bargained with a Nun", no less... ......she struck a "deal" with this sweet angelic Nun at the Catholic Church School</div><div style="text-align: center;">yard sale.</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/shirleystankus/7777802306/" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;" title="P1070560 by shirleystankus, on Flickr"><img alt="P1070560" height="640" src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7110/7777802306_b3532a9de0_z.jpg" width="480" /></a></div>&nbsp;&nbsp; <br /><div style="text-align: center;">Pretty great huh?&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">And now to Kelly's backyard and what it did for me....</div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;.....One morning as I saw her post come thru my email, I eagerly clicked over to read it...</div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;I found this amazing patio set....something that I have been looking for....</div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;.....and it was there.....in her backyard!!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/shirleystankus/7777126354/" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;" title="P1070583 by shirleystankus, on Flickr"><img alt="P1070583" height="450" src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8294/7777126354_f896c011a7_z.jpg" width="600" /></a></div>&nbsp; <br /><div style="text-align: center;">Kelly so graciously gave me the information on where I could purchase it.... .....and then another email from Kelly.....telling me that it is now 50% off!....</div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;So off I drove to Home Depot with hubby....&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">.....and here it is <a href="http://housepitalitydesigns.com/2012/07/01/summer-porch/" target="_blank">on my porch</a>!</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/shirleystankus/7478794304/" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;" title="DSC_2298 by shirleystankus, on Flickr"><img alt="DSC_2298" height="640" src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7118/7478794304_a1ac0fff0e_z.jpg" width="424" /></a></div>&nbsp; <br /><div style="text-align: center;">It is such a wonderful spot to sit and enjoy the view...thanks to Kelly....&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">And thanks to Rhoda, KariAnne, Heather, and Kelly we will have a great team of speakers to present to you....&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">.....at the Southern Bloggers Conference, to be held in Raleigh, North Carolina on October 12 - 13, 2012. Tickets are still available so do not miss out on this wonderful conference...&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">....and get to meet many incredible bloggers to gather for fun and a great learning experience!!!&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">And I would like to add that Kristen from <a href="http://sophiasdecor.blogspot.com/" title="Sophias Decor">Sophia's Live Beautifully</a>...&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">....and the lovely Annie Omar from <a href="http://maisonblanchepaint.com/" title="Maison Blanche Paint Company">Maison Blanche Paint company</a> are also among the fabulous speakers/demonstrators.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Hope to see you there...it is an event not to miss!!!&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Sincerely..... The Southern Bloggers Conference Team:&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">Barb from <a href="http://www.everydayhomeblog.com/" title="The Everyday Home">The Everyday Home</a>&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">Shirley from <a href="http://housepitalitydesigns.com/" title="Housepitality Designs">Housepitality Designs</a>&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">Amy from <a href="http://www.attagirlsays.com/" title="Atta Girl Says">Atta Girl Says</a></div><div style="text-align: center;"> Cindy from <a href="http://livingonthebliss.com/" title="Living on the Bliss">Living on the Bliss</a></div><div style="text-align: center;"> Kristen from S<a href="http://sophiasdecor.blogspot.com/" title="Sophia's Live Beautifully">ophia's Live Beautifully</a></div><div style="text-align: center;"> Suzy from <a href="http://worthingcourt.blogspot.com/" title="Worthing Court">Worthing Court</a></div>Suzy Handgraafhttps://plus.google.com/112289516894396295714noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1562571084144167017.post-54797851843468498372012-08-13T17:00:00.000-04:002012-08-13T17:00:00.281-04:00One of our own needs some love and some WOOT's!<div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">Do you guys know this sweet lady?</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GtDzAx3Yi04/UCkxBs5c1MI/AAAAAAAAHEE/1UWapLXxjYk/s1600/IMG_5869.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="424" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GtDzAx3Yi04/UCkxBs5c1MI/AAAAAAAAHEE/1UWapLXxjYk/s640/IMG_5869.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">This is Michelle.</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">She is a brilliant artist and designer and Blogger...</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9x6MicCjLhU/UCkxYoR8EXI/AAAAAAAAHEM/N8n6fS5t1yU/s1600/Collages5-1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9x6MicCjLhU/UCkxYoR8EXI/AAAAAAAAHEM/N8n6fS5t1yU/s640/Collages5-1.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">Because we live in such a strange, small World</span> -</div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">I met Michelle through her sister which I had known for years, and strangely had been a fan of</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://sweetsomethingdesign.blogspot.com/"><span style="font-size: x-large;">Sweet Something Designs&nbsp;</span></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">for several months when I found&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">out the connection.</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">Well, Michelle has been going through&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">chemo for the past 6 months.</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">Today is her last treatment.</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">I just wanted her to know what an awesome</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">Wife, Mother, Daughter, Sister,</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">Artist and Blogger she is.</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-DrdsfSAbBG8/UCkzSkzqOGI/AAAAAAAAHEU/D3J_NqJIOCM/s1600/you-are-awesome.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="496" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-DrdsfSAbBG8/UCkzSkzqOGI/AAAAAAAAHEU/D3J_NqJIOCM/s640/you-are-awesome.jpg" width="640" /></a><span style="font-size: x-large;"> </span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">She is one of the most creative and</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">talented women I have ever known.</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">If you know Michelle, send her a</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">Congrats email.</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">If you don't, please hop over to her site and</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">join her page. Make sure you check out her</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;"><a href="http://www.etsy.com/people/sweetsomethingdesign?ref=ls_profile">Etsy Shop</a>, too.</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">Kudos to a very strong and vibrant Woman!</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">May God continue to be with you through</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">this journey of healing and hope.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">xxoo</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">&nbsp;</span></div>Barb @ The Everyday Home http://www.blogger.com/profile/02749743682942410349noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1562571084144167017.post-4400981358773313292012-08-13T00:00:00.000-04:002012-08-13T00:00:01.407-04:00Advertisement Opportunity!<div style="text-align: center;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-BZ6Pm28VJ0s/UCWuiflhovI/AAAAAAAAJKM/RV1wmhRHu_4/s1600/media+kit+cover.PNG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="478" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-BZ6Pm28VJ0s/UCWuiflhovI/AAAAAAAAJKM/RV1wmhRHu_4/s640/media+kit+cover.PNG" width="640" /></a></div><span style="font-size: x-small;"><a href="http://www.everydayhomeblog.com/2012/08/advertise-with-southern-bloggers.html" target="_blank">Media Kit Cover Page</a></span><br /><br />We're offering an opportunity to advertise in the Southern Bloggers Conference Booklet.<br /><br />Advertise your blog, Etsy shop, online shop or business.<br /><br />Several options are available, from one line ads all the way to full page ads. &nbsp;Rates are very affordable - starting at just $25.00.<br /><br />The deadline for submitting an ad is September 24th.<br /><br />We can design the ad for you for a nominal fee or you can provide your own.<br /><br />If you would like to receive a copy of the media kit or would just like more info, email Barb (of <a href="http://www.everydayhomeblog.com/2012/08/advertise-with-southern-bloggers.html" target="_blank">The Everyday Home</a>) at<br />barbgarrettnc@yahoo.com.<br /><br /><i>Pssst! &nbsp;Have you linked up to the blog hop yet? &nbsp;You can do so right <a href="http://www.southernbloggersconferenceblog.com/2012/08/its-blog-hop_10.html" target="_blank">here</a>.</i><br /><br /><br /><br /></div>Suzy Handgraafhttps://plus.google.com/112289516894396295714noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1562571084144167017.post-82094222904794911732012-08-10T00:00:00.000-04:002012-08-10T00:00:07.614-04:00It's a Blog Hop!<div style="text-align: center;">Sure, we have a great lineup of speakers and sponsors and a swag bag that will knock your socks off.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">But, hands down, one of the best things about attending a conference like ours is the opportunity to meet other creative folks who will inspire you and will support you as you pursue your dreams.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">The Southern Bloggers Conference is going to be the start of some beautiful friendships. And there's no need to wait until October for that to happen.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Now is the time to start getting to know the others who will be attending the conference.</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-48KwYnehTwE/UB8jdnJTSUI/AAAAAAAAAd4/O59XqXNOKj4/s1600/LinkyPartyButton.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-48KwYnehTwE/UB8jdnJTSUI/AAAAAAAAAd4/O59XqXNOKj4/s320/LinkyPartyButton.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;">If you've already purchased your ticket or are planning to purchase a ticket or are even thinking about purchasing a ticket, write a post on your own blog about it.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">(If you don't have a blog, link up your&nbsp;<a href="http://www.facebook.com/southernbloggersconference">Facebook</a>&nbsp;or Twitter and make sure to show some love for the Southern Bloggers Conference.)</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Tell us what your'e most excited about, what you're hoping to learn and most importantly what you're hoping to take away from the conference.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Then, link up your blog post (or Facebook or Tweet) below so we can all get to know you. Be sure to include a back link to the Southern Bloggers Conference blog.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><center><a href="http://www.southernbloggersconferenceblog.com/"><img src="http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w374/AttaGirlSays/LinkyPartyButton150X150-1.jpg" /></a></center><center><div style="background-color: white; border: 1px solid black; color: black; height: 75px; overflow: auto; width: 125px;">&lt;center&gt;&lt;a href="http://www.southernbloggersconferenceblog.com"&gt;&lt;img src="http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w374/AttaGirlSays/LinkyPartyButton150X150-1.jpg"/&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/center&gt;</div></center><br /><div style="text-align: center;">To encourage you to link up, we'll be giving away a fabulous prize at the conference to someone on the linky list. (Organizers are not eligible to win!)</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">The talented and generous Ann of <a href="http://www.etsy.com/shop/SuttonPlaceDesigns" target="_blank">Sutton Place Designs</a> has donated this gorgeous herb script pillow cover for our giveaway. The winner will be announced during the Southern Bloggers Conference. &nbsp;Only those who link up are eligible and you must be present at the conference to win.</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-93-Id4TkS9A/UB8ZrJEWvSI/AAAAAAAAAdo/RJzXQEeNerA/s1600/il_570xN.322331797.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-93-Id4TkS9A/UB8ZrJEWvSI/AAAAAAAAAdo/RJzXQEeNerA/s320/il_570xN.322331797.jpg" width="296" /></a></div><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;">You must check out the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.etsy.com/shop/SuttonPlaceDesigns" target="_blank">Sutton Place Designs etsy shop</a>&nbsp;to see other gorgeous pillow covers and table runners made from vintage fabrics.&nbsp;Also, be sure to visit Ann's blog, <a href="http://www.onsuttonplace.com/" target="_blank">On Sutton Place</a>.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Now, are you ready to link up?</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Since this is a blog hop, make sure you visit the two people who link up <i><b>before you</b></i> and the two people who link up <i><b>after you.</b></i></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Follow their blogs, "like" them on Facebook, check out their Pinterest boards and their tweets and show them some comment love. </div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">And if you really want to be a blog conference rock star, visit <b>everyone</b> on the linky list. You're bound to make some great friends -- in real life and online.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Please start out by following the linky party hosts and organizers of the inaugural Southern Bloggers Conference:</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><li style="text-align: center;">Our talented leader, Barb of <a href="http://www.everydayhomeblog.com/">The Everyday Home</a></li><li style="text-align: center;">Shirley of&nbsp;<a href="http://housepitalitydesigns.com/">Housepitality Designs</a></li><li style="text-align: center;">Amy &amp; Laura of <a href="http://www.attagirlsays.com/">Atta Girl Says</a></li><li style="text-align: center;">Kristen of <a href="http://sophiasdecor.blogspot.com/">Sophia's Decor</a></li><li style="text-align: center;">Suzy of&nbsp;<a href="http://worthingcourt.blogspot.com/">Worthing Court</a></li><li style="text-align: center;">Cindy of <a href="http://livingonthebliss.com/">Living on the Bliss</a></li><br /><div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div><div style="text-align: left; width: 100%;"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="192" hspace="0" marginheight="5" marginwidth="5" scrolling="auto" src="http://www.eventbrite.com/tickets-external?eid=3966656376&amp;ref=etckt" vspace="0" width="100%"></iframe><br /><div style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial; font-size: 10px; margin: 2px; padding: 5px 0 5px; text-align: left; width: 100%;"><a href="http://www.eventbrite.com/r/etckt" style="color: #dddddd; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">Event registration</a><span style="color: #dddddd;"> for </span><a href="http://http//southernbloggersconference2012.eventbrite.com?ref=etckt" style="color: #dddddd; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">Southern Bloggers Conference 2012</a> <span style="color: #dddddd;">powered by</span> <a href="http://www.eventbrite.com/?ref=etckt" style="color: #dddddd; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">Eventbrite</a></div></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">Now, go link up. Make sure to include your name and the name of your blog. Remember to link up to your specific post about the Southern Bloggers Conference and to include a back link.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">And we sure would appreciate it if you would include our conference button on your blog sidebar.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /></div><center><a href="http://www.southernbloggersconferenceblog.com/"><img src="http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w374/AttaGirlSays/buttonsquare150X150.jpg" /></a></center><center><div style="background-color: white; border: 1px solid black; color: black; height: 75px; overflow: auto; width: 125px;">&lt;center&gt;&lt;a href="http://www.southernbloggersconferenceblog.com"&gt;&lt;img src="http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w374/AttaGirlSays/buttonsquare150X150.jpg"/&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/center&gt;</div></center><script src="http://www.linkytools.com/thumbnail_linky_include.aspx?id=156563" type="text/javascript"></script>Atta Girl Amyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12360395071358620927noreply@blogger.com6tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1562571084144167017.post-79183958272555835712012-08-07T19:55:00.001-04:002012-08-07T19:55:05.512-04:00There's a Blog Hop Coming!<div style="text-align: center;">We've mentioned several times that when it comes to the conference, the one thing we are the most excited about is getting to meet so many of you face-to-face! &nbsp;Putting a face and a voice with bloggy friends and making new friends is priceless to us.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Are you curious who will be there? &nbsp;We've come up with a way for you to find that out! &nbsp;We're going to have a blog hop linky starting this Friday, Aug. 10th. &nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JJHP6JtxeIg/UCGimKixXuI/AAAAAAAAI6U/TAJVyanWCAg/s1600/LinkyPartyButton.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JJHP6JtxeIg/UCGimKixXuI/AAAAAAAAI6U/TAJVyanWCAg/s320/LinkyPartyButton.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">If you've already bought a ticket or are planning to buy a ticket or are even thinking about buying a ticket - write up a blog post telling us what you're looking forward to. &nbsp;What are you excited about? &nbsp;What do you hope to learn? &nbsp;Who do you hope to meet? &nbsp;For us first timers, any conference tips? &nbsp;Basically, anything that floats-your-boats about attending the conference.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Then come over to this blog or the blog of one of the team members on this Friday and link your post and it will appear on all five of our blogs plus this blog!<br /><br />Participating blogs are:<br />Barb of <a href="http://www.everydayhomeblog.com/" target="_blank">The Everyday Home</a><br />Amy of <a href="http://www.attagirlsays.com/" target="_blank">Atta Girl Says</a><br />Shirley of <a href="http://housepitalitydesigns.com/" target="_blank">Housepitality Designs</a><br />Cindy of <a href="http://livingonthebliss.com/" target="_blank">Living on the Bliss</a><br />Kristen of <a href="http://www.sophiasdecor.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">Sophia's Decor</a><br />Suzy of <a href="http://worthingcourt.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">Worthing Court</a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Here's a little incentive for ya - the awesome Ann of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.onsuttonplace.com/" target="_blank">On Sutton Place</a> is donating this lovely pillow to be given away to one of the participants of the blog hop (of course none of the team members will be eligible to win).</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-tnvslMPrVn4/UCGkoPljg2I/AAAAAAAAI6c/73w0egi57n0/s1600/On+Sutton+Place+pillow+donation.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-tnvslMPrVn4/UCGkoPljg2I/AAAAAAAAI6c/73w0egi57n0/s400/On+Sutton+Place+pillow+donation.jpg" width="370" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;{20 x 20 Herb Script Pillow Cover, Natural Ivory and Brown Homespun Check Back from <a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/95832975/herb-script-pillow-cover-20-x-20-natural" target="_blank">Sutton Place Designs</a> on Etsy}</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">The blog hop linky will be open all the way through Friday, Oct. 12th. &nbsp;The winner will be announced at the conference on Saturday, Oct. 13th. &nbsp;You must be present to win.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">The below button or a link back to the blog hop needs to be within your post. &nbsp;We'd really appreciate it if you'd display our button on your sidebar too, though it isn't required.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Grab our linky button!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><center><a href="http://www.southernbloggersconferenceblog.com/"><img src="http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w374/AttaGirlSays/LinkyPartyButton150X150-1.jpg" /></a></center><center><div style="background-color: white; border: 1px solid black; color: black; height: 75px; overflow: auto; width: 125px;">&lt;center&gt;&lt;a href="http://www.southernbloggersconferenceblog.com"&gt;&lt;img src="http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w374/AttaGirlSays/LinkyPartyButton150X150-1.jpg"/&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/center&gt;</div></center><h1 style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; margin: 0px 0px 4px; padding: 0px; width: 570px;"></h1><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div>Suzy Handgraafhttps://plus.google.com/112289516894396295714noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1562571084144167017.post-63129733530099116752012-08-01T12:26:00.000-04:002012-08-01T12:26:07.921-04:00Meet Annie Omar of Maison Blanche Paint Company<div style="text-align: center;">If you've done any browsing of the pages here on the SBC blog, then you've likely seen the bio on Annie Omar, founder of <a href="http://www.maisonblanchepaint.com/" target="_blank">Maison Blanche Paint Company</a>, on the <a href="http://www.southernbloggersconferenceblog.com/p/speakers.html" target="_blank">Speakers page</a>.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-gTmqIedWIfA/UBlVT30iGxI/AAAAAAAAI2E/xWHUUVHA-tE/s1600/annie+omar.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-gTmqIedWIfA/UBlVT30iGxI/AAAAAAAAI2E/xWHUUVHA-tE/s640/annie+omar.jpg" width="564" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.maisonblanchepaint.com/" target="_blank">Annie Omar</a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">The bio is just a small part of Annie's story. &nbsp;Team member Amy, of <a href="http://www.attagirlsays.com/" target="_blank">Atta Girl Says</a>, had the pleasure of personally interviewing Annie recently. &nbsp;Annie's story in amazing and inspiring. &nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">In Amy's own words:</div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Century Gothic', Helvetica, Tahoma, sans-serif; line-height: 20px; text-align: left;">"Annie is a super-talented artist and entrepreneur, and she also has a story that I think will speak to a lot of women who have found a voice and a purpose through creativity."</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Century Gothic', Helvetica, Tahoma, sans-serif; line-height: 20px; text-align: left;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Century Gothic', Helvetica, Tahoma, sans-serif; line-height: 20px; text-align: left;">After reading Annie's story, I think you'll agree that she is one brave and courageous lady!</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Century Gothic', Helvetica, Tahoma, sans-serif; line-height: 20px; text-align: left;">I encourage you to <a href="http://www.attagirlsays.com/2012/08/01/maison-blanche-paint/" target="_blank">head over to Amy's to read all about Annie</a>.. &nbsp;I promise you will come away inspired!</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Century Gothic', Helvetica, Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px; text-align: left;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-YVV9iaItkeM/UBlXyt8Km4I/AAAAAAAAI2M/B8Gj3JtCr4Q/s1600/maison-blanche-paint-company-1024x398.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="248" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-YVV9iaItkeM/UBlXyt8Km4I/AAAAAAAAI2M/B8Gj3JtCr4Q/s640/maison-blanche-paint-company-1024x398.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Century Gothic', Helvetica, Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px; text-align: left;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Century Gothic', Helvetica, Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px; text-align: left;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Century Gothic', Helvetica, Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px; text-align: left;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Century Gothic', Helvetica, Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px; text-align: left;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Century Gothic', Helvetica, Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px; text-align: left;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div>Suzy Handgraafhttps://plus.google.com/112289516894396295714noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1562571084144167017.post-62287485116101870982012-07-27T08:17:00.000-04:002012-07-27T19:13:19.108-04:00Welcome to the Southern Bloggers Conference Blog!<div style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; text-align: left;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; text-align: left;">This is where you'll find out everything you need to know related to the Southern Bloggers Conference. &nbsp;The conference begins on Friday, October 12th at the Embassy Suites Hotel located directly across the street from the Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh, NC.</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">We have lots of information to send your way between now and the start of the conference. &nbsp;We'll start off by sharing the conference itinerary with you. &nbsp;A few of the details are still coming together, but we'll make sure to update you as things are finalized.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #3d85c6;"><br /></span></div><span style="background-color: white; color: #3d85c6; font-size: large;"><b>Friday, Oct. 12</b></span><span style="background-color: white;">&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; text-align: left;">3 pm – Conference registration and hotel check-in begins</span><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;"><o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;">Time TBD: Organizing DIY Style at The Container Store, 4601 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;">Learn handy tips for organizing your pantry, your craft room, your closet and every nook of your home with the experts at The Container Store</div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpFirst" style="text-align: left; text-indent: -0.25in;"><span style="font-family: Symbol;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Symbol; text-indent: -0.25in;"><b>*</b></span><span style="background-color: white; text-indent: -0.25in;">Be sure to show up for this special optional session for your chance to win prizes</span></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpLast" style="text-align: left; text-indent: -0.25in;"><o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;">5:30-7:30 pm – Meet-and-greet cocktail party in the hotel atrium<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;">5:30-7:30 pm – Voting for the Fall Décor contest. &nbsp;All items will be on display in the Romanesque Room at the hotel. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #3d85c6; font-size: large;"><b>Saturday, Oct. 13</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;"><span style="background-color: white;">7-8:15 am – Complimentary breakfast in the hotel atrium</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;"><o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;">8:15-8:30 am – Welcome<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;">8:30-9:30 am – Why I Love Blogging with Rhoda Vickers of <a href="http://southernhospitalityblog.com/" target="_blank"><b><span style="color: blue;">Southern Hospitality</span></b></a><o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;">9:30-10 am– Coffee and snack break<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;">10-11:30 am &nbsp;– Panel discussion: Writing and Organizing Your Blog and Managing Your Social Networking. &nbsp;<b><span style="color: red;">Update:</span></b> &nbsp;Speakers will be KariAnne of <a href="http://www.thistlewoodfarms.com/" target="_blank"><b><span style="color: blue;">Thistlewood Farms</span> </b></a>and Heather of <a href="http://www.atthepicketfence.com/" target="_blank"><b><span style="color: blue;">At the Picket Fence</span></b></a><o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;">11:30 am-1 pm - Buffet lunch served in the hotel atrium<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;">1:00-2:30 pm – Furniture facelifts: Chalk paint and beyond with Annie Omar, founder of <a href="http://maisonblanchepaint.com/" target="_blank"><span style="color: blue;"><b>Maison Blanche Paint Company</b></span></a>, and blogger Kristen Dobson of <a href="http://www.sophiasdecor.blogspot.com/" target="_blank"><span style="color: blue;"><b>Sophia’s Décor</b></span></a><b><o:p></o:p></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;">2:30-3 pm – Coffee and snack break<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;">3-4 pm – Surprise session<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;">4-5 pm – Question &amp; Answer Session, Wrap-up and Giveaways<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;"><o:p style="background-color: white;"><br /></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;"><o:p style="background-color: white;">&nbsp;</o:p><span style="background-color: white;"><span style="color: #3d85c6; font-size: large;"><b>Sunday, October 14</b></span></span></div><h1> <o:p></o:p></h1><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p><span style="background-color: white;">Thrifting Day – Thrift shopping around the Triangle - please make sure you let us know if you will be participating so that you can be placed with a driver</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;"><span style="background-color: white;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;">The SBC (Southern Bloggers Conference) team is over the moon excited to be bringing this conference your way. &nbsp;Won't you help us spread the word? &nbsp;The html code for our button can be found on the sidebar.</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;">A simple click on "Order Now" located in the Ticket Information box at the top of the page will take you directly to ticket sales. &nbsp;The conference is open to bloggers and non-bloggers alike!</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-zDUWVV0FAZ0/UBKFUzb9r2I/AAAAAAAAItU/rAA4UYxtI4M/s1600/smaller+btn.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="133" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-zDUWVV0FAZ0/UBKFUzb9r2I/AAAAAAAAItU/rAA4UYxtI4M/s200/smaller+btn.jpg" width="200" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div>Suzy Handgraafhttps://plus.google.com/112289516894396295714noreply@blogger.com1