I have to admit I've entered a few giveaways by responding to a blog post. Only a few - when the giveaway has really spoken to me - but never have I thought of 'blogging' about one!
First of all... I've only done ONE blog post before. Secondly... I have NO followers so - what's the point? Well, today is different, it feels a bit more personal. Although this blog is really just a place for me to talk to myself - so to speak - I felt compelled to write my second blog post.
I've been curious about Barbara Lewis's new book "Torch-Fired Enamel Jewelry - A Workshop in Painting With Fire" since first reading about it. Her enameled beads are beautiful and the transformation they go through really intrigues me. I've been tuning into her virtual book tour when I get a chance and today was Lori Anderson's turn at http://www.prettythingsblog.com (remember I'm new at this so I have no clue how to make those links you click on to "go here").
In any case, Lori's is the first blog I ever came across... and I am forever devoted. One chilly Sunday morning, with a fire in the fireplace and a cup of coffee by my side, I decided to open my son's laptop and google away looking for new "jewelry ideas", while the rest of the house slept. I had never done this before when LO AND BEHOLD my first hit was Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Party - if you don't know what that is you MUST go to her blog and check it out - I had hit the "jewelry ideas" jackpot! I spent several hours hopping and drooling over all that I saw, I just couldn't believe all that was being shared through these 'blogs'??? I spent lots of time reading through Lori's posts and well... I just admire her. She's honest and articulate, LOVES her son to the end of the earth, has travelled and lived across that earth and is a wonderful writer. There's something about the energy that comes from her writing that just speaks to me... through the computer??? What's up with that?
Well... to make this long story a teeny, tiny bit shorter I will just say Lori has been speaking to me ever since via her blog. We've never met of course, in fact I just left my first comment on her blog a few weeks ago so I'm sure she really doesn't know I exist... a tangent for another post perhaps, how do bloggers feel about the 'unknown' out there?... I don't expect she remembers me much at all - although... she is the one and only person to have actually seeked out this little blog and left a post ;) Anyway, Lori is just F - U - N ... you know when you just feel something? I 'feel' that something with Lori's blog - it makes me smile. SO, imagine my feeling when I logged in tonight and found Lori was the guest blogger in the virtual book tour AND she has a giveaway!? You see, today would have been my brother Mike's 56th birthday - yesterday was the 3rd anniversary of losing his cancer battle - needless to say this is always a tough week. But, thank you Lori Anderson for lifting me up with your post!
AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICHAEL JOHN! It rained today and I know you would have like that - wish I had some fireworks to celebrate you!
So I wonder... is it fate that I should feel the pull to not only enter her giveaway with a comment but with my own post? Who knows... maybe Mike will put some JuJu on that random number calculator and my number will come up...
Enjoy your day ~~T