Wednesday 26 July 2017

My 7th bloggerversary and a giveaway

Yes it is hard to believe but Jane's Journal is 7 years old today!

7 years....844 (gulp) posts

7 years of wonderful blogging friendship.

261 loyal followers (and many more who have signed up and get my posts by email)

Goodness know how many photos....

This post is written to thank every single one of you who stops by here and reads my ramblings. I know that a lot of you are "silent" readers and I am waving to you today. Many of you also take the time to leave comments and there are a few (yes you know who) who leave comments on every, (barring holidays), post since I started blogging! 

Wow! What else can I say other than I honestly still love being a part the blogging community. I love blogging and it gives me a great deal of pleasure. I find it a positive, supportive and friendly place to be. I know that everyone has difficulties in their lives at some point but my ethos for writing my blog is to keep a record of my creative journey and hopefully, at the same time, put a smile on peoples' faces when they visit me here. I am a glass half full kind of girl and I believe that positive thoughts and words are contagious. My life has its fair share of ups and downs, the last few months have indeed had more than their fair share of testing times, but through it all I know that I am blessed and so thankful of the life I have been given.

Thank you for being a part of it. 

I am offering a small giveaway as a little thank you, with a choice of prize to the winner. This is open to everyone world gimmicks, no restrictions...just leave a comment that you would like to be included and your name will be put into the hat. As an extra thank you to my loyal followers I would like to offer you a second entry, just mention that you follow my blog (don't be shy if you want to join me today) or leave an extra comment. And if anyone would like to promote my little blog giveaway on their own blog or on social media, using the photo below, you are welcome to have a 3rd entry.
Below is the photo to use, if would like an extra entry. Just pop it into your side bar or share it in a post or on social media and let me know.
My giveaway is running from today and closes on 9th August at 4pm GMT.

There are 3 choices of prize for the winner, pulled out of the hat on 9th August. You may choose one of these;

  • £10 gift voucher for Country View Crafts (Susan posts worldwide) to choose something crafty or put it toward something you have had you eye on.  Postage on your spend is free to any UK winner but if the winner is from overseas you will need to be be responsible for your own postage or other charges. I will send the £10 voucher by email worldwide. This prize has not been sponsored by CVC but I buy most of my crafting goodies from Susan as her prices and free postage are brilliant.
  •  I know some of my dear blogging friends are not paper crafters so should you not have any use for a CVC voucher you may choose a £10 Amazon Voucher, sent by email.
  • Some of you like my handmade bag charms, so my 3rd choice of  prize is the little cat bag charm, inspired by Billy and hand made by me using artisan glass lampwork one of a kind beads. I will post the bag charm worldwide. 

You don't need to make up your minds  re your prize choice yet, I will check with the winner after 9th August to see which prize they would like.

I can't send flowers so I am sharing these recent photos of my tiny sunny garden and my beloved studio, which give me so much inspiration
 and also a photo of my darling cat Billy who shares my outside space in the summer months.
 How easy it is to be inspired by Mother Nature.

Billy was caught napping on the garden table cover but instantly forgiven, he is just the best cat, my little shadow. He recently celebrated his 9th birthday 😺

My challenge project today is a thank you one...of course..
It's a thank you bottle tag I made for a good friend of mine who has stepped in to look after Billy at short notice several times this year. There was a bottle attached!

I used Distress Oxides for the background, a Tim Stencil and die cut sentiment and the long discontinued Bronte verse stamp by Visible Image which remains my all time favourite script stamp. I really wish Mark would bring it back...hint hint!!

I would like to enter my bottle tag into the following challenges;

That's Crafty 1/3 all things grunge
Fussy and Fancy 1/3 anything goes
Crafty Catz 1/3 anything goes
Emerald Creek Dares 2/3 sparkle/celebrations mine is of course my 7 year bloggerversary
Noor use die cuts
Happy Little Stampers (watercolour) 3/3 July
Artistic Inspirations 1/3 anything goes

Thank you again for stopping by and for making blogging such fun. Remember to leave a comment on this post if you would like to be included in my giveaway. Good luck to you all!

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Congratulations on your 7th blogaversary my friend such a wonderful achievement and you're posts are always a must stop place to be filled with warmth, love, fabulous inspiration and creativity. Your garden is looking delightful and your tag is scrumptious. Hope you had a wonderful day yesterday. 7 days to go xxx

  2. Although I am a follower I seldom comment but often visit as your blog is always a great source of inspiration to me. There is no one like the English to fill their gardens with a riot of colour and I hope next year to be visiting to see the bluebells out in the woods in the spring. Congratulations on you 7th blogaversary and may there be many many more.
    Margaret M

  3. Congratulations on your blogaversary - I've only found you recently but enjoy what you do. The bottle tag is a great idea for a thankyou gift - great inking and stencilling!

  4. Congrats on your 7 years Jane - it's always a pleasure to pop over and take a look at what you have been up to. I like your easy style of writing. Have become a follower and will share your pic on FB (if you pop it on InstaGram I will repost there as well!!)

  5. Congratulations Jane, I'm a silent reader so am waving back to you. May you have many more years of happy blogging. Fiona x

  6. Awe many congratulations my lovely friend on your 7th bloggiversary....I'm so glad I found you! :)
    I always enjoy popping by and sharing our lives through your blog and our many emails!
    Here's to many more bloggiversaries and to friendship!!
    V xxxxxxxxx

  7. ....and I am of course a follower!! :)
    V x

  8. I've added a link to you on my blog too!
    V x

  9. Congratulations, Jane - lucky number seven! What a great way to celebrate with those fabulous florals from your garden, and the tag is lovely too. I'd always assumed I was already a follower, and have just found out I haven't been up til now - sorted it out now, though... sometimes we need that extra nudge. I'd never have checked as I thought I was one!

    Wishing you many many more years of happy crafting and gardening and blogging.
    Alison x

  10. Happy 7th Jane and here is to many more. Beautiful flowers to share along with your Tag full of Tim Holtz goodness. Thank you for sharing and joining the That's Crafty All Things Grunge Challenge. Best Wishes Tracey.

  11. Congratulations on your 7th blog anniversary Jane! I have followed you almost that long, since I began mine around then too! Such a long time since we were new bloggers yet it has passed so quickly! Thank you for offering such a generous giveaway, and for sharing your lovely flowers. Enjoy the rest of your week. xox

  12. You are one year ahead of me and I share a lot of your thoughts about blogging. You have achieved great things on yours and can only wish that you carry on as you have... xx

  13. Happy blog birthday, gosh, 7 years isn't to be sneezed at xx

  14. *C*O*N*G*R*A*T*U*L*A*T*I*O*N*S*!* on your 7th Blogaversary! I think you and I started blogging about a month apart. I am also a follower and I also comment on every single one of your posts unless I'm away on vacation. :-) I count you as a real and true friend. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  15. This bottle tag is beautiful. Congratulations on your anniversary! You will have to forgive me for asking but I haven't used the oxides yet. Did you add water to blend them? I ask because the challenge at HLS is Watercolouring and I'm not sure if you use water to 'activate/blend' them. Thanks so much for playing along at Happy Little Stampers xx

  16. Happy 7 years! Wow! That's a lot of projects, posts and photos! I loved reading your words on positivity--sorry you recent months have been trying. I've been a follower for a few years via e-mail, but I've just switched to the other way, as I'm trying to reduce my e-mail. I hope it's the one that appears on my reading list, and then it's up to me to be faithful to my reading list (which I am not now).

    Anywho, your tag is grungy wonderful! What a gorgeous background you've created with your Oxides stamps and stencil! Your garden looks great, and I'm very envious as ours is on the downside of the summer now with everything cut back. Give Billy a scratch from me and a meow from Roger and Biskit.

    Thank you for the generous give away! All of your prizes are tempting and it's going to be a tough choice for a lucky winner! My fingers and eyes are crossed! Because I am a follower (but only leave occasional comments) I will comment a second time, and when I get your announcement on my side bar, I will comment a third. Hugs!

  17. E-mail follower! I get my delivery a day late!

  18. I pin a lot of your posts for later inspiration. I follow you though netvibes. Giveaways are always fun. thanks as always for sharing.

  19. Happy 7th blogaversary Jane! I follow you and visit you daily...other than recently as been on hols!!....I love all your posts and photos and your wonderful creations and how you get your inspiration that you share with us all. I love your bottle tag and yes hint hint, Visible image should bring back that stamp!! Please include me in your draw Jane.........and keep those posts coming too please! I really don't know how you find the time to fit everything in! Big hugs xx

  20. Hi Jane congratulations on your blogoversary, have got to know you through your blog over the years, you seem such a happy and interested person. Yes i am a follower. What a very generous blog candy,

    Lucy x

  21. Congratulations Jane! My 7th was in March and it completely whooshed past me! I'd love to play along and have added a piece on the Sunday Snippets post about this too :)


    Di xx

  22. Thank you for the chance of winning your giveaway and congratulations on your blogaversary. Beautiful photos of your garden and Billy.
    Kath x

  23. Congratulations on your 7th bloggerversary! Love your bottle tag - super design.

    TFS the photos of your beautiful card, what a lovely space to share with Billy.

    I'm following your blog.....again! This is the second blog I discovered this week that I've somehow stopped following and haven't seen new posts pop up on my reading list for quite a while. I'm wondering how many others I don't see the posts for anymore! I happened to spot your giveaway over in the Playground. xx

  24. Congrats on your 7th blogversary Jane. I have been a follower of yours for some time, love seeing your work and your beautiful photos. Yes please to being in the draw for your generous prize.

  25. Congratulations on your blogaversary - seven years is really impressive! Love your project and your fabulous photos - looks like a wonderful place to be creative in. Congratulations again - I'm off to find out how long I've had my blog!!! Much love for your eighth year!

  26. Congratulations for reaching the 7th milestone. I am now following your blog after being introduced to by my awesome sister, Asmah Zainal Abidin. I am now inspired to do my blogging seriously. Thank you for the inspiration.

  27. Congratulations on your 7th blogversary!!! That is certainly a milestone and I admire you for that. I blogged for just a little over a year, and I hope one day I'll be able to achieve this, too! Love your beautiful garden and tag. And thanks so much for the chance to win. :)

  28. What an awesome studio and a beautiful garden (and Billy!)! Congrats on 7 years of blogging! Love your pretty tag!

  29. My giveaway is now closed. Back soon with the name of the winner!


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