Thursday, April 05, 2012

1 Year Blogiversary + Giveaway!


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Happy Blogiversary to me,
Happy Blogiversary to me,
Happy Blogiversary to Life on Mars,
Happy Blogiversary to me.

One year ago today, I made a super impulsive decision and wrote my first post. I knew nothing about blogging, networking, writing, or crafting. It just looked fun. I had no idea how much time it would take or the commitment involved. In hindsight, I'm so glad I didn't know because I probably wouldn't have done it.

How's that for complete honesty?

Blogging has been an outlet for me. I don't really think I've ever had a true "hobby" before and this has given me two: DIY/crafting and blogging. Plus, the best part is that it's allowed me to develop friendships with incredible women that I never would have known otherwise.

I set a couple of New Year's Resolutions for my blog and myself. One was to hit 350 followers by today. Thanks to GFC making some major changes, it's hard to tell how many we have now because people follow us through a million different outlets. But if I total everything up, I have 419 followers (feedburner, BlogLovin, Linky Followers and Networked Blogs). You can join in the fun in so many ways:


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Yay! I'm so thankful for my followers and that people actually want to read what I have to say. I am so inspired by so many blogs and am kind of confused in awe that I have that affect on others.

 

God has truly blessed me this past year and I'm honestly believe that He led me to do this. I'm so excited to see how He uses this blog in my life and in other's lives.

 

My friend Erika has offered to do a giveaway in honor of my blogiversary. So TWO lucky readers will win a necklace from her Etsy shop.


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Erika sells a collection of beautifully handcrafted floral jewelry and accessories and it's SO reasonably priced! Here are some of my favorites:

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Silver Dragonfly Necklace, $12.00

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Pink Pearls and Gold Chain Necklace, $12.00

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Rosette Bobby Pin Set in Canary Yellow, $6.00


Today, she's giving TWO WINNERS one of these necklaces:

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How perfect is that for spring? Wouldn't this look adorable with a simple tee or tank?
 

Here's how you enter (one entry per action)


  • You must be a follower of this blog to enter
  • Leave a comment if you are already or just joined up and how you follow me.
  • Leave a comment telling me one thing you like about my blog and one thing that you'd change (more posts? less posts? more projects? better pictures?)
  • Leave a comment telling me your favorite thing from Erika's Etsy store Thrifty and Fabulous.
  • Like Life on Mars on Facebook. Come back and leave me a comment.
  • Like Thrifty and Fabulous on Facebook. Come back and leave me a comment.
Giveaway is open through Thursday, April 12th at midnight. Winners will be chosen through Random.org and announced on Friday, April 13th. Hmmm... that doesn't sound very lucky does it?

88 comments:

  1. WOW! What a perfect day to follow! Count me as number 420 - I follow via RSS feed!!

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  2. Oh wow - okay since this is only my second time visiting your blog I don't really feel like I have much to say about what I would change - if anything! You have all of your social media buttons super easy to find, it isn't plastered with ads, the font is easy to read so I wouldn't change any of that... Those are the things I always check for when I find a new blog. The only thing I would change is the layout and some of that kind of stuff!

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  3. I love the ruffle flower necklaces! Those are so cute! :)

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  4. I liked Life on Mars on facebook (via neathering our fest)

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  5. I liked Thrifty and Fabulous on facebook (via neathering our fest)

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  7. I liked Life on Mars on FB... & I love reading your blog. Happy Blogiversary!

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  8. I follow via RSS with Google Reader.

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  9. I've been following your blog for a month or two. I really enjoy seeing your ideas and how they come to life. There isn't anything I would change.

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  10. She's got so many cute things...I can't pick just one. I love the ruffle flower necklaces, the cream chiffon flower hair clip, and the hot pink pom pom ponytail holder.

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  11. I found your blog from neathering our fest. Love following your projects, more DIY! It gives me inspiration.

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  12. i don't just like you on facebook, i lurve you on facebook

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  13. ok, so how cute is thirty and fabulous?! i love her canary yellow bobbi pins. such a fun way to add a little sass to a summer pony tail!

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  14. while i LOVE seeing the crazy big projects that you and john have accomplished, i'd love to see a few 30minute and under projects. maybe how to properly add chalkboard decals to glass canisters, how to make your own cakestands....something that helps us add layers to decorate our home that isn't going to require us to paint a bunch of wood paneling or something :)

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  15. oh, and i liked thrifty and fabulous on facebook too

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  16. YAY!! Congrats on the blogiversary!!

    Hope you are having a happy Thursday, stop by and say hello when you can http://jessicaslilcorner.blogspot.com

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  17. Happy blogoversary!! I am following you in Bloglovin! So glad I've "met" you through the Color My World Challenge!

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  18. AND... I follow you to see your cute projects!

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  19. already a follower!

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  20. I'm a new follower by - GFC! Congratulations on your Blogiversary!

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  21. i liked you on facebook!

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  22. i liked thrifty and fabulous on facebook

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  23. my favorite thing in thrifty and fabulous' store is the small flower earrings in cream, and hope she has some in yellow soon!

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  24. i love reading your blog and watching your house transform; however, i agree with blair that i would like to see more 30 min and under projects. some of my favorite things from you have been those: the tray you made for your coffee table out of a frame, and the "you are..." canvas print you did..trying to do that for my anniversary :)

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  25. I love the powder blue ruffle flower necklace!

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  26. I love the powder blue ruffle flower necklace - I have at least 100 things that I could wear it with!

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  27. Cute blog! I am following you through GFC!

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  28. From their etsy store, I adore the white rose bobby pin set... so sweet!

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  29. Congrats Maury!!! Speaking of GFC issues, it looks like I'm not following you any more?!?!? What's up with that? I'm going to re-add myself right now!

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  30. I am a follower of Life on Mars on GFC! (as sauriola)

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  31. I love the beaded dangle earings from Thrifty and Fabulous!

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  32. I liked Life on Mars on Facebook!

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  33. I liked Thrifty and Fabulous on Facebook!

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  34. i follow Life on Mars blog via GFC!

    more_virtuous(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  35. Love the ruffle flower necklace!

    more_virtuous(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  36. i liked life on mars facebook page @Micaela Staheli.

    more_virtuous(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  37. i liked thrifty and fabulous on facebook @Micaela Staheli.

    more_virtuous(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  38. I follow your blog :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    petitenotskinny @ yahoo.com

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  39. Yay! Happy blogiversary! I follow you happily via the Blogger dashboard. Thanks for the chance to win! :)

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  40. Happy anniversary! I am a new follower:)

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  41. I love the ruffle flower necklace! thanks for a chance to win

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  42. I follow via GFC!

    --Meagan
    cheercfa07 at aol dot com

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  43. I like these earrings! http://www.etsy.com/listing/95134268/bronze-leaf-earrings-with-pink-flowers

    --Meagan
    cheercfa07 at aol dot com

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  44. I am a new follower of your blog : )

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  45. I love the giveaway necklace and the Owl Charm Necklace

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  46. I like Life on Mars on Fb : )
    (Malana D.)

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  47. I like Thrifty and Fabulous on Fb :)
    (Malana D.)

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  48. happy blogiversary! i am a follower! :)

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  49. there isn't anything i would change! i love your blog, your honesty, humor, and projects!

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  50. of course i like the owl charm necklace. :)

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  51. Congrats, Maury! I'm so proud of you and the success of your blog. It has been a pleasure to get to know you over the blogisphere :)

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  52. I'm a follower of your blog. Happy Blogiversary!

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  53. I love the Ruffle Flower Necklace, Grey and Buttercup Yellow Flowers, Pom Pom Necklace

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  54. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOUR BLOG AND I WISH ALWAYS CREATIVE!!!

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  55. Happy happy HAPPY blogiversary!! WOOHOO! I'm singing a happy song for you, very loudly and off-key right now! (And of course I follow, duh!)

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  56. Love Erika's etsy shop! The little rosette hair clips are SO sweet!

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  57. I now follow this blog in my Google Reader.

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  58. I liked you on Facebook.

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  59. Like Thrifty and Fabulous on Facebook (as well as faved them on their etsy site)

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  60. As far as improving your blog, that's a hard one! I like blogs like yours that have a little of everything. I guess I'd have to say maybe add more of your personal style, as in fashion choices?

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  61. I'm not commenting to win, but I wanted to say congratulations and happy blogiversary! I'm just starting out, but I find I'm so much more likely to take on crafty projects to have something to share and write about than I was before I started blogging. I had forgotten how much I enjoy crafty things!

    I very much enjoy reading your blog - thank you for the effort you put into it. :)

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