Sunday, November 16, 2008

Time to Celebrate!!!! Blog Candy Alert!

Woohooo!
Today marks my one year blogaversary! So this week we will be celebrating LOTS on MY BLOG! I am also celebrating 200,000 hits which just happened to fall close enough to this anniversary so I thought I would combine celebrations.

First of all, thank YOU to all of you who come back and have been visiting. It has been such a great year and I have made so many wonderful blogging friends.

I think the one thing I am most proud of is what a wonderful community the stamping world is. So, today I am going to share with you a letter and some pictures from the Artman Home. For those of you who are new to my blog, I organized a card drive (Heart to Heart) for the caretakers of Alzheimer's patients in September. I provided the address of the home that took such wonderful care of my grandmother, who passed away this summer. I wanted to let them feel appreciated for all of the hard work they do each day. Some sent cards to other people they knew who took care of someone suffering with Alzheimer's (which was GREAT!) and well over 200 cards were sent to the Artman home. I received this note from them:

Dear Carolyn,

On behalf of all the associates and caregivers at the Artman Lutheran Home, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for including us in your blog to have cards sent to our caregivers at Artman. In honor of National Alzheimer’s Month, we recently had a party where we gave out these beautiful handmade cards our staff. We received well over 200 cards from all parts of the world and United States. I need to express to you our sincere gratitude and thanks for the joy you brought our staff. The reactions we received were wonderful. There were smiles, tears, statements like “Look my card is from Australia, Switzerland, Hawaii, England, Ireland" etc, “These cards are so beautiful” and many more wonderful reactions. It was a tender moment for all our staff, they were extremely touched and thankful to be appreciated in such an kind way. We currently have the cards hanging in our main hallway for the residents, staff and visitors to enjoy. After which, we will distribute to the staff as a keepsake. I know that some of our staff are personally sending emails or notes of thanks to their card sender. We called your Mom, and she and your Dad were here earlier this week to look at the display.

Carolyn, this was a wonderful way to honor your grandmother, Clare Lyons, who we loved and cared for so much. We are so grateful for thinking of us, this was a memorable experience for all of us and Janet Lorenzon, Skilled Administrator, myself and all the Artman managers are so grateful for the joy you brought our staff. I am attaching some pictures, if there is any way you could mention in your blog the overwhelming success of your request and pass on our profound thanks to all who sent cards.

With heartfelt thanks, Nancy & Janet and all the Artman managers


And here are some of the pictures that she sent and my father sent for me to share:









So Thanks to all of you! You all rock! And, proceeds to donated to the Alzheimer's Association from my set, Whimsical Autumn, have reached $1566.61! (Yipee!!)
I wanted to start the week long celebration with this announcement. This is the first day of many to celebrate! So be sure to check back every day for your chance to win some great prizes!
Leave a comment on this post and Random.Cara will pick a winner tomorrow at 4 p.m. CST. The winner will get their choice of any stamp set from Gina K Designs ($19.95 or less). Thank you Gina for donating this prize! Check back tomorrow for the winner and for another chance to win!

Note: Most contests this week will run for one day. Winner's are responsible for contacting me after I announce his/her name. If I have not heard from the winner in three days, I will pick a new winner from the same post.
Thanks so much for stopping by! It has been a great year!

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Colleen said...

Cammie that is just so wonderful. So many things for your to celebrate but most of all your thoughtfulness and kindness to others, look at all the lives you have touched by your blog. Continue to great work.

sandyh50 said...

Congrats on your blogaversary! I had fun making my card and sending it to the Artman Home. I was hoping they would enjoy a card from Montana but it looks like they had many international cards too! Thanks for putting this project together!

Lisa said...

I'm so happy that you updated us all on the card drive. It makes me happy to read that letter. Congratulations on your blogiversary! Thanks for the chance to win a set from Gina K!

Alice said...

Congrats, Cammie! Thanks for sharing the letter and the photos. The amount of funds earned by the sale of your Whimsical Autumn set is just awesome!

Jami {sgtStamper} said...

I am so moved by the letter and the pictures...thank you, Cammie, for giving me the opportunity to play a small part in this. You Rock!!!
hugs, Jami

Pamela said...

Congrats on anniversary. My father recently died of heart failure but he also had alzheimer's. I felt fortunate that he at least still knew me before he died. I am so glad that you have been able to raise money to support research of this disease.

Amy said...

Congratulations/Happy Blobaversary Cammie! =I have enjoyed visiting your blog and keeping up with your amazing projects! Thanks too for posting the pictures of the Artman cards. What a great idea and the success of the Whimsical Autumn stamp set...you should be very proud! You are a very special person! Looking forward to another great year of your blog!

peggy(mparw42) said...

congrats on your anniversary, your donations to the alzheimers society, and thanks so much for the chance to win!

Robin said...

Thanks you for the update on the card drive!! And a big Happy Blogaversary!!

TAC Angel Christina said...

Happy "blog"aversary! I found your blog just a couple months ago and have loved it. Thanks for sharing some awesome projects and giving me lots of inspiration!

TAC Angel Christina said...

Happy "blog"aversary! I found your blog just a couple months ago and have loved it. Thanks for sharing some awesome projects and giving me lots of inspiration!

Renee G said...

Cammie
Wow isnt it wonderful to see how people can get together and do something wonderful! It didnt take much to do it but it made a big impacted! Congrats on your anniversary and i truely enjoy your blog...not just for the blog candy! But thanks for the chance!

ReneeK said...

Carolyn,

The letter you shared brought tears to my eyes. What a wonderful thing you started! I personally sent a card to a different home, one in Wisconsin where my aunt passed away this past July and her husband prior to that in January, both from Alzheimer's. Thank you (and also Gina) for the chance at winning some blog candy.

Renée K/Montana

Rita said...

Congrats to you my friend! Wow that year went by so fast, didn't it?
Your post touched my heart today & made me think of my mom when she was in the nursing home (she died 2 years ago this Christmas) & how the nurses & staff were so good to her & took very good care of her. Thanks so much for letting us know about how much this impacted the staff & residences. You are a gem! God Bles you!

Kerry J. said...

Congrats on a wonderful year! Your post moved me to tears - thanks so much for the update.

Harriet Skelly (SCS hskelly) said...

Congrats Cammie on your blogaversary and the funds that you raised for Alzheimer research. You should be proud of what you have accomplished in this year - it is truly amazing! Thanks for posting the Artman house letter and pictures. And thanks for providing an opportunity for us to contribute in some small way by making a card for the staff. You are amazing. Big hugs to you. Harriet

Reality Show Reject said...

Congrats on your blog and the heart to heart! How fantastic! Thanks for the opportunity to win some candy! I love your blog and look forward to another great year!

Sandy Knecht said...

Happy Anniversary. You've done fantastic things this year. Thanks for the opportunity to win some candy. Best wishes going into your second year.

Susie L. said...

Congrats, Thank goodness for the money raised ...Hope I can win blog candy.......

Susie L. said...

Congrats, Thank goodness for the money raised ...Hope I can win blog candy.......

MelissaS said...

Congrats on a wonderful first year! Here's to many more...

Dawn Easton said...

Oh my goodness Carolyn! That letter brought tears to my eyes, just knowing how much they all appreciated the cards that they received. So heartwarming!!!
Congrats on all the hits girl! Your ideas rock and that's why I keep coming back!

Chris said...

Thank you so much for sharing the joy that the caring Artman staff received from all of us in the cards we sent.
I also sent a card to the wonderful staff who cared for my mom. She also had Alzheimers and the staff was so very supportive to our family during her illness.
What a grand amount to donate. Congratulations to you, Cammie. Your Gram is very proud of you as we are as a community.
Thank you so much!

Alexandra said...

What a lot of wonderful things to celebrate!! That letter was awesome and made me tear up! So very nice to hear!! Congrats on all your hits - you are FABULOUS and that is why it is NO surprise to me!! Lots of people have talent, you have a wonderful, giving heart AND talent - what a great combo! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

rae said...

HUGE congrats on your Alzheimer's accomplishments, looks like thanks to you A LOT of people were rendered VERY happy!!
Congrats on your successful year o'bloggin'... YOU ROCK Ms. Carolyn!!!!
(((hugs)))~
Rae

Amber (bambi64) said...

Cammie,
Even though we call each other names in tender love, you are so much a better person than i! I have yet to do my blog candy for my blogaversary and that was year on the 8th!

Thanks for updating us on the card drive. So touching to read.

Denise (peanutbee) said...

Awww, thanks for sharing the letter and pictures. HUGE congrats on your blog-o-versary and ALLLL those hits. Wowzers!

Michelle said...

Congratulations on that awesome amount of money you have raised!!! That's fantastic.

Jessie/knightrone said...

Congrats, how awesome Carolyn!! You are an inspiration!! Happy Blogoversary and congrats on all the hits...wowzers!!

Denise ~ Paper Ponderings said...

That is SO cool...and it brought a smile to my face to see the card I sent hanging up on the string!!!

Deb Neerman said...

Congrats, Cammie! Your blog is an unceasing dose of daily inspiration ... and your love, generosity, and kindness shines through to all.

I'm honored to have taken part in this special event and hope you'll make it an annual event in honor of your dear grandmother.

Thanks for sharing, and caring, Cammie! YOU rock!

~Hugs, Deb

PS: The new pix is terrific you cute l'il thang you!!

Robin said...

Thank you for sharing the pics from the home. They are very touching. I'm glad I was able to be a tiny part of that (by sending a card).

Congrats on your one year blogaversary!

Sandy Thelen said...

Congrats on your Blogaversary!

Thanks for updating us on $$ for Alzheimer's and the card drive.

Deanna said...

Congratulations all around!

Leanne F, said...

Wow, Cammie! That is amazing. It was great that they updated you. I believe they truly appreciated all you did. THe cards look great in the hallway and I'm sure the residents will enjoy looking at all the different ones! Congrats!!

KAT said...

Cammie - I am very touched by the reaction of the care givers! Makes me feel wonderful for what I do personally... Every year at the time I collect all my extra cards that I made over the year plus 40 additional Christmas cards and I donate those with stamps to the care facility that my DH Grandmother was in... The place is so nice and the care that she received was very touching...

Oma said...

Wow! That's a lot of cards and the donation for Alzheimer's is fantastic! Congratulations!

Kay said...

Hi-Congratulations on your blog anniversary! That is wonderful that you have helped the Alzheimers Foundation so much! Thanks for all you do! Hugs Kay

Lori A. said...

Congrats on your blogaversary! WOW! Look at all those awesome cards! Way to go everyone!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing the letter and pictures with all of us. I check your blog every day for inspiring ideas.
Margie

cherylhorton said...

I am so thrilled that you filled us in on their reactions. I sent my card to the home also and am just so pleased by their happiness. You did an amazing thing and are an awesome person! Congratulations on your blog-a-versary! Cheryl

Cass said...

Lovely to see the pictures of some of the cards that were sent. And huge congrats on the money raised. :)

reflections:0) said...

Congrats! It was so uch fun to make and send cards... Because, I was once a C.N.A. I know that the thank yous mean a lot...:0)


reflections:0)

mudmaven said...

Happy Blogoversary! It was wonderful to see how everyone enjoyed the cards. Love your blog. ~chris

okcapitolgirl said...

Wow C! This is amazing. . .you are a rockstar! Congrats on your blogaversary and your hits! WooHOO!

Julie Masse said...

Cammie thank you so much for posting this! I read this with real tears in my eyes and so much gratitude in my heart that you included us in this project! What a wonderful way to honor your grandmother and to give us all a chance to use our craft to bless others!! Thank you!! and WOW - 1 year already?! It seems like just yesterday! Congrats! :)

Debbie said...

I am so glad they received so many cards and they felt so appreciated. What a wonderful way to honor your grandmother.

Patrina said...

Congrats Cammie! That is quite an accomplishment.

leenda said...

Congratulations on your blog success! Your blog is always an inspiration in artwork & now an inspiration in kindness. God bless!

skyviewstamper said...

Congrats on your blog and your stamp set! I have to admire I got all teary eyed when I read that letter! It was so touching. What a wonderful act of kindness that was! You ROCK!

Cindy said...

Well what a nice little surprise on a quiet Sunday. I am so glad the staff enjoyed our cards. It is a wonderful thing you did to organize this and also to take the time to post the letter from them as well as the pictures. It made my day to know that together we brought some smiles to some very special caregivers:)

Cindi said...

Cammie

I don't even remember how I found your blog, but I am sure glad I did. Reading that thank you from the home that took care of your grandmother brought tears to my eyes. That is just one reason I love your blog soooo much. Keep up the good work and congratulations on your blogversary.

Finley said...

Congratulations - you are so kind and generous and deserve many blessings. Your blog, cards and projects are wonderful. Thanks for sharing so much with all of us.

Karen said...

Thanks so much for the update. It brings tears to my eyes just seeing all those cards handing on the wall. Congrats on your 200,000 and 1 year. I have thoroughly enjoyed checking your blog and seeing your beautiful artwork. I know that maintaining a blog is a large commitment and I do appreciate it.

Angie said...

Wow, it is so great to see that all these people were given a little bit of happiness from all the wonderful cards. I sent one to the Artman home as well, but I also sent about 5 others to my grandparents caregivers (past and present). So, I'm thinking that there were thousands of Thank you cards sent out as a result of your blog contest! That is so wonderful, and I hope more things like this will happen in the future.

Darlene L said...

What an awesome tribute to your Grandmother. I am a subscriber to your blog and love every day reading your posts. Thanks for the blog candy opp. Congrats on your anniversary and hits! Darlene

Anonymous said...

How heartfelt to hear someone that was pleased with a nursing home. I'm sure they were so grateful for the cards you had sent to them. Happy "blogaversary"!

jojot said...

Congrats Cammie on all of your accomplishments....the blogsversary, the card drive, the donation amount......awesome...totally awesome!!!

Marcea said...

Wow hun, what an incredible response to your request - What a wonderful thing you managed to achieve. Also congratulations on your blogoversary :o)
-x-

Megan said...

WOW!!! I'm so excited there were so many cards--that was such a neat thing to do! It's so cool that you're only celebrating ONE year, but you were able to host such a huge blessing to these caregivers! I'll be checking back during the week to celebrate with you!! Congrats!!

mclesliemom said...

Congrats on the success of your project! I hope we can help others while doing what we all love.

Christi said...

Wow Cammie! That letter warmed my heart and brought tears to my eyes. I am so excited that your set has generated that much money for such an awesome cause!!

Sandy Hill said...

Cammie, thanks for sharing the photos of the cards that were sent. What an awesome project that was. Thank you for starting this project and I hope that this is something that will be an annual event.

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your blogaversary! And Also congrats on your heart to heart card drive...what a success!

lindastamps

Susan W. said...

Wow Cammie, What a beautiful letter and pics too. You should get the prize for all you do. Take care.

Jekka said...

Cammie,
Thank you for sharing the response from the Artman home. As a caregiver myself, I know that those cards were much appreciated.
Congratulations on your anniversary!!!

Kimmy said...

Happy anniversary! It is amazing what a wonderful community stampers are. So nice to see how appreciated you are. I love looking at all your work - it's fabulous!

lovetostamp said...

Congratulations Cammie. Isn't it amazing how much joy a handmade card can give! Your drive was very successful and you should be very proud. This not only made those receiving the cards very happy but warmed the hearts of all of us who participated in this great event. Love your blog and look forward to another great year.

christina d said...

Happy Anniversary and Happy 200,000 hits too. May you have many more years! I sure wouldn't mind winning some candy too.

Dannie Graves said...

Congratulations on reaching your one year anniversary! Congratulations also for the success of your card drive.

Anne said...

Incredible, Cammie! I'm glad to hear that your hard work has been so successful.

Pat said...

What a milestone for you, and what enjoyment you have given us with the talent you've shared with us --and thank you for giving US a chance to participate in the caregiver cards and thanks for posting them for us to see. You've given me the inspiration to try to organize some ladies from our church to make cards for the caregivers in our local care homes. You are awesome!

Ronda C. said...

Congratulations on all your accomplishments! I love your blog! Sending the cards to the Artman Lutheran Home was very thoughtful.

Kitty Rodahl said...

It was so heartwarming to read the letter from the Artman Home staff. I am so happy to have been a part of that! Congratulations on 200,000 hits! Wow! That's a lot of reading! Love your blog and visit everyday! I appreciate your creativity! Thanks for a chance to win.
dkrodahl@wiktel.com

Val said...

Congrats on your anniversary! I know that I have enjoyed your blog immensely! You should also be congratulated on all the work you did for card drive and the Alzheimer's Society. The card drive made so many people happy!

The Crazy Life of a Navy Wife said...

Congratulations on all of your accomplishments! You sure do have a lot to celebrate!!! Your blog is awesome and I enjoy visiting it each day for inspiration. Keep up the great blogging :)

Shi said...

Wow you have touched so many lives. It is amazing, I'm glad I could be a small part of it!

Congrats on your blogaversary and all the hits.

Gabriela said...

Your grandmother is smiling with heartfelt pride over your dedication and generosity. Congratulations, Cammi.

Ashley said...

Happy Blogoversary! What a wonderful accomplishment!

I really enjoyed this post! I love seeing the pictures and knowing that the staff is so happy with the shower of love they received! What a wonderful thing you did! You should be SO very proud of yourself and how perfectly you have honored your grandmother. You are such a sweet inspiration!

Kim F said...

Congratulations on your blogaversary. Love your Blog.

Kim F

Susan Hackney said...

Congratulations on the anniversary and the huge contribution to the Alzheimers Assoc. It was so nice of you to update us on the cards too!

rachelsigmak said...

Happy Anniversary! And THANK YOU for sharing such a great blog with all of us! I was thrilled to participate in the Alzheimer's Card experience! And look forward to your future endeavors and inspiration!

Sheila D said...

Congratulations on your blog-a-versary! You are an inspiration! What a wonderful act of kindness that was and I was touched by the pictures and letter. OMG $1566.61! You rock girl!

Katie said...

Congrats Carolyn to a successful year! I know that I look forward to reading your blog daily. Sometimes I check to see if you've posted even before Feedblitz broadcasts! LOL! Thanks for all the amazing inspiration you share with us daily and for your thoughtfulness! Best wishes for another successful year! Hugs, Katie

Tracey said...

Congrats on your blogoversary!! You should be so proud of what you accomplished for the Alzheimer's Association and the cards are amazing! You are quite the lady!!

carmen said...

CONGRATS AND HOPEFULLY THERE WILL BE MANY MORE

Jenny Gropp said...

What a fantastic letter and pictures to read and see! I know so many cards were sent and brightened the days of many - due to you! Very Special - and a beautiful way to honor your Grandmother.

Maria Levine said...

Congrats to you! You should be proud you have done some amazing things. As always thanks for sharing all your wonderful creations and ideas. All the very best to you!!

Pat S. said...

Hi Cammie!
Congratulations on your blogoversary!

Thank you for sharing about the Alzheimer's cards...how wonderful is that!

And thank you for offering a chance to win...your blog rocks!

Aunt T said...

Congratulations on celebrating your blog milestone and congrats on hosting such a successful Alzheimer's event. What a great cause. Thanks so much for being such an inspiration.

Teresa

Cheri Mosgrove said...

Wow! All that money to donate and all the cards to cheer others. . . FANTASTIC!!!!! That is so great to see! Great job Cammie and CONGRATS!!

JenMarie said...

Oh WOW! Thank you for sharing the letter and pictures! AWESOME!

melissa.flieg said...

Congrats on one year of blogging and on raising so much money to donate to Alzheimer's research along with all the wonderful cards you got other to make and send. I love your blog and all the inspiration you share with us.

Carol P said...

Congrats, Cammie, on all those wonderful accomplishments. Thanks for the chance to win.

Mary B said...

Congratulations on your blogaversary, and for the wonderful results of your fundraiser for the Artman Home. I really enjoy reading your blog, and thanks for the chance to win candy!

Nanny A said...

Congrats on your anniversary, how exciting! I purchased one of the stamp sets, I love it! I love that the Home sent a note to let you know things were received.

I too am celebrating my 100th post on my blog and running a contest, I can't wait till my one year anniversary!

http://www.nannyadventures.com/freebies-contests/post-100-celebration-time-with-a-giveaway-by-just-g-lbd/

Janet Rohde said...

Thank you for sharing the cards. They must be really special people. Also, congratulations to you.
Janet Rohde

Jess said...

I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes after reading the letter you shared. I'm so glad you offered us that chance to participate in and event that could make so many people feel appreciated. I even see the card I sent hanging from the string in the picture!! How fun! Congrats on your anniversary too!!

Dolce Deb's Designs said...

Congrats Cammie on all of your accomplishments. Your generous spirit shines through everything you do. Thank you for giving us the chance to win some candy. Have a fun filled week.

Debbie/Phx AZ

GabrielaD said...

Happy Blogaversary!!! The letter brought tears to my eyes. What you did was an amazing feat, you truly brought us all together to participate in a wonderful cause. How wonderful that you where able to raise so much money, and that so many people got to receive their cards.

Thanks for the opportunity to win this blog candy.

Kristie said...

Congrats on a successful first year and raising so many funds.

Erin said...

That letter was great. That had to just give you such a great feeling.

melinda said...

Happy blogaversay!

What a sweet letter! You are so kind & generous for organizing the card drive for the caregivers. Thanks for sharing the letter & your talent with us.

Angel said...

that was such a nice note that the staff sent you! glad they enjoyed getting the cards! and congrats on your blogiversary and all those hits! it's cuz you ROCK, ya know??!!

Charlene H. said...

Thank you for inviting all of us to be involved in the Alzheimer's event. It was great to hear how happy they were with all the cards that they received. Congrats on your blogaversary!

TxScrapAddict said...

It's wonderful to see those faces! those wonderful people who toil day in and day out to make life just a little easier for some.

catdidit said...

First, congrats to you for reaching such wonderful marks! Can you tell we LOVE ya!!

And 2nd, how touching that letter was! Thank you so much for sharing that. What a wonderful position to be in to be able to do that in honor of one you love! You are such a special person and thank you for sharing THAT with US!!

Janna said...

Congratulations on your 1 year blogaversary! And also on your wonderful donation to the Alzheimer's Association! That's so awesome how Gina K Designs has sets available to benefit worthy causes!!

Stamp Time said...

What a wonderful donation to the Alzheimer's Association! Also congrats on your 1 year annivsary.

Thanks!
sarah

Jennifer said...

Wow, what a great donation to the Alzheimer's Asso.! Congrats on your blogaversary and all the hits.

Irene Lenihan said...

Congrats on your blogaversary and the great donation to the Alzheimer's Association.

loyaz said...

Cami, this is so wonderful. What a tribute.
Thanks for this opportunity
DianeL
loyaz1@wbhsi.net

Pamm said...

Cammie, thanks so much for your loving tribute to your grandmother. I loved the set, but wasn't going to buy anything else this past month until I saw the blog about your donating the proceeds!! Had to buy it then!!!!

Traci said...

Congratulations on your blog anniversary! I'm so glad the Artman Home enjoyed all their cards. Thanks for sharing all the pictures. It was great of them to leave them up for display for a while, that way they can see how appreciated they are every day when they look at them.

Brandi Parshley said...

Wow! Look at all those cards! Great work!

Connie said...

Congratulations on your accomplishment. What a worthy cause. You must be very proud.

Kristie said...

Congratulations on both your anniversary and the hits!
I'm sure your grandmother would be so proud of you for both the money you've raised for the Alzheimer's Association and for bringing so much joy and a sense of appreciation to the caregivers. Well done!!

Lori H said...

Congratulations on your blogaversary! Thanks, too, for sharing pictures from the Artman Home. You did a great thing!

Barbara said...

Happy anniversary Cammie. how wonderful to use you art to shine some brightness in someones day

Lastel said...

Happy Blogaversary and congrats on the 200,000 hits ! Your kindness touches many a heart all year long and you are an inspiration to all of us who read your blog !

Carol said...

Cammie,
Congrats!!! Your blog is so full of inspiration for me. And the Alzheimer Card Blessing was so fun to be involved in. YOU ROCK GIRL!!

Carol

Anonymous said...

That is so awesome! So many exciting things to celebrate! You are so talented and thoughtful of others. I enjoy visiting your blog!
Dana

sanji said...

Happy Anniversary!!

CountessLaurie said...

Cammie,

Congrats on the one year! I would have guessed you've been at this much, much longer! You are a true blogging professional!

Congrats on the 200K hits. I am here so often admiring your work, I think I must make up a couple thousand hits!

And to the 200+ people that sent cards to the Artman Home, you all DO ROCK! What a wonderful tribute! I am glad to be part of such a wonderful group of people!

Anonymous said...

Happy Blogaversary, Cammie!!
Your project touched my heart because my mother has dementia and is very close to the end at this time. Thank you for your warmth and generosity.
Hugs from Rochester, NY
Bonnie
bhockeborn@rochester.rr.com

Stamp Talk with Tosh said...

Congrats my dear friend!! You are amazing!! And so is this awesome stamping community!! For you to put together such an awesome tribute for your Grandmother, and for all the wonderful stampers to reach out as they have, it really warms my heart!!
Huge hugs!!!!!!!

Charmaine said...

Congratulations on your blogiversary and everything else. The success of your sales to benefit Alzheimers as well as the card drive are amazing. Glad to know that I played a small part in that as well.

Charmaine

Leslie Knox said...

Wow Congrats on your blogaversary.
What a wonderful generous heart you have!!

Pinky Roth said...

Cammie,

Congrats on your blog anniversary. I am so proud of you and all your accomplishments!

Heather said...

What a wonderful post! Congrats to you!

Nancy said...

Cammie, You are amazing! Thank you for the inspiration that you bring to us through your blog...your kindness is contagious ;) Congratulations!

Nancy said...

Cammie, You are amazing! Thank you for the inspiration that you bring to us through your blog...your kindness is contagious ;) Congratulations!

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sndy1 said...

Congratulations! Thanks for the update on your card drive. What a great idea.

Brenda said...

Thanks for sharing the letter and the pictures. What a great way to touch so many different people and to make so many smile....
Your blog is great.

Diane said...

Congratulations on your "blogaversary" AND on 200,000 hits! AWESOME! I love your blog and your beautiful card creations. Keep 'em coming!

Toni said...

Congrats on your blogaverary! And thanks for the update on the card drive. It made me smile to see one of my cards in the photo!

Anonymous said...

way to go I just love your creations and thanks for sharing them with us Diana

ConnieC said...

Happy Anniversary!
Here's to many more years of blogging.

Tara said...

congrats on your blogaversary! Also thank you for asking us to send cards to the Artman Home, i really enjoyed making and sending mine. i am glad to know they enjoyed reciving them also. my card is actually in one of the pictures you have posted :D

SusanH said...

What a wonderful tribute to your grandmother - thanks for sharing!

kellygrl27 said...

Congratulations Cammie on your "blogaversary" and 200,000 hits! How exciting. And what a wonderful thing to do for the Artman Home.

Chelle said...

I'm all teary from reading the letter the Home sent you, and seeing the pictures - you're a truly amazing woman, with a beautiful heart.

Congrats on 200K hits (!!!) and happy blogaversary!

Lori said...

Congrats on 200,000 hits! I really enjoy your blog. Thanks for sharing with us :-) Happy Blogaversary!

Donna said...

Congrats on your blogaversary and on the 200,000 hits. What a marvelous thing to celebrate! But even more important is the wonderful thing you have done for the people who care for the alzheimer patients and the money you raised. You are truly amazing!
Hugs,
Donna

Suzanne J Dean said...

Wow-Congrats on a fabulous 1st year & here's to many more! What a great effort you've put forward with the Alzheimer's Assoc--such a great testimony in your grandmother's memory!

hugz,
Suzanne

scrappycandy said...

Congratulations! You must be doing it "right"! Most of my life my mom suffered from mental illness. Today, she only remembers what you just said for about 10 minutes. You are an inspiration to us all.

Jessica said...

I'm so glad there was such a great turnout and that everyone there enjoyed their cards. Thank you for your great designs and your efforts with this particular cause - it was fun to participate in. And congrats on the fab 1st year. MWAH!

Jessica

Cynthia said...

Congrats Cammie,
Thanks for sharing & Happy Anniversary
Cynthia

Donna said...

what a great update on the cards! thanks for sharing - congrats on your blog anniversary!

Jennie said...

Happy Blog Anniversary! It was fun to participate in your Alzheimer care taker appreciation event. I am so glad they got such a blessing from the cards!
You are just the sweetest person for organizing and donating to this cause... :o)

Elena said...

Thank you for sharing this with us! What you did is so kind and heartfelt!!! You are amazing Cammie!

Carmen (guatelicia on SCS) said...

WOW! I'm glad that so many cards were sent to the Artman Home. They do a very important and hard work and they deserve to be recognized.
Congratulations on your blog anniversary!

Annette said...

Congratulations on your anniversary! Thanks for sharing your wonderful creations!

Marisa said...

It is SO wonderful to be able to touch the lives of those who have touched the lives of others. Thank you for including that wonderful note from the Admin. person at the care home.

Thank you as well for taking the time to make a difference :) Love your blog and thanks for the chance to win some goodies.

Vivian said...

What a great year you have had...we all love your site and I have spent many days visiting your site...Have fun this coming year!!!

Maria Gurnsey said...

CONGRATS!!!! I'm so glad you take the time to post here and share your creations with us!! You are such an inspiration in so many ways!!!!

Pegg S said...

Happy Blogaversary and on all of your hits!! I wish you continued success with your crafting and blogging! That is amazing to see the pictures and how well received the cards and donations were. That is really awesome!!

justmyopinion12 said...

Happy Anniversary! and it is so awesome to see all the cards! What a great project!

Karen M (DE) said...

Congrats on the blog anniversary Cammie and all donations to Alzheimer's Association! TFS your love and talents.

StampinCathy said...

Cammie you have such a big heart. What a wonderful thing you did. Congrats on your hits and Happy Blogaversary. I look forward to your updates everyday and your creative and inspiring projects always puts a smile on my face. Thanks so much for taking the time to share your projects with us. Thanks for a chance at this sweet candy.

Jennifer Love said...

Oh how it warms my little heart to see all those cards and to hear the story of how they touched someone.

Congratulations on your blogiversary. Cheers to many more to come. :)

Pam Clay said...

Cammi, what an wonderful and uplifting post today! Thank you for organizing this special card drive. You have a sweet spirit and a beautiful talent and it shows in your work! It's no wonder you are celebrating this blogaversary!!

Anonymous said...

That was so great to hear how much all those cards meant to the staff at the Artman Home. Thank you so much for sharing... and thank you to all caretakers - especially those who do not hear how much their efforts count.

Swedie

Allison said...

Congratulations on your blogaversary! Your blog is fantastic and truly inspiring. Your blog is not the typical stamping blog - it is better! Not only do you make great cards, crafts and stamps but you are so helpful and supportive of the community. Your generousity astounds me.

Kate said...

congratulations on your blog anniversary, the cards are lovely idea, as this cause is close to my heart with my mum being in a nursing home with dementia, many thanks for all the kind things you do.

Sharri said...

Hi Carolyn!

Thank you for sharing the letter and pictures. You are a very giving,kind hearted person and an inspiration to me.
Congratulations on your blog anniversay and hitting the 200,000 visitor mark!

Anonymous said...

And you questioned a blog at the beginning??? Congratulations and many more entries to come. We are blessed having a caring person such as yourself in this world! :)
Maggie Stockwell

Sharri said...

Hi Carolyn!

Thank you for sharing the letter and pictures. You are a very giving,kind hearted person and an inspiration to me.
Congratulations on your blog anniversay and hitting the 200,000 visitor mark!

Anonymous said...

Carolyn,

Super congrats on 1 year and all the hits!! Your site is great. The cards was such a wonderful idea. You rock!! Love blog candy.

Kathy Brown
kabstampup@yahoo.com

Bouncy, Flouncy, Fun,Fun, Fun said...

Cammie, this is wonderful! I know the caregivers and the Alzheimers Association appreciate all that you have done for them. What a fitting tribute to your grandmother. You're the best!!!

Hugs,
Becky

Michelle B. AKA JustPaintingAround said...

Congrats on your year an hits! Awww, how nice to hear that we do make a difference. So often we send things into a big "black hole". Thanks for making this so personal after the fact! And thanks for the chance at the candy too.

The Larsen's said...

What a wonderful post! I loved reading about how happy they all were getting the cards. It was great to participate and happy blog anniversary!!!! What a great celebration this week!
k

Melissa said...

Congrats on your Blogiversary and all those hits! WOW! 200,000?!! That's great!!

What a wonderful thing you did for Alzheimers Awareness! God Bless!!

Hugs, Melissa B

buzzy said...

What a tender story. Thanks for sharing their reactions. Congrats on a fun filled year!

LindaS said...

Thanks for the follow-up. I enjoyed reading about the response from the Alheimer's unit.

Happy blog anniversary and congrats on the 200,000 hits.

Claudia said...

Happy Blog-aversary! Keep up the great work!

Kim said...

Oh wow. Thank you so much for sharing an update and the photos. Stampers rock!!!!!!!

Maylee said...

Congrats on your one year Blogaversary! And thank you for posting the nice letter from the Artman House.

Ila said...

Thanks for sharing the letters and photos...this is just So Wonderful!!
Congratulations on the the hits and your 1 yr Anniversary!!! Your blog and creations are Fabulous!!

msfitzie said...

WOW...lots of things to be grateful for...Anniversary, Hits, and a successful donation through your stamps. Yea You!!!!!!

Michelle (sf9erfan) said...

Holy Smokies! 1 year already?! Where has the time gone by!! I am so happy and proud of all the great accomplishments you have achieved! What a great year for you!! Here's to many more!! Hugs, michelle

Anonymous said...

How exciting! Congratulations on a great Blogging Year! You are an inspiration. Dana

Jessica said...

Congratulations on hitting 200K and your blogaversary!

It makes me teary to read about your Heart to Heart project. Thanks so much for sharing the photos from the Artman Home :)

kellyrae said...

Congrats on your one year anniversary AND your 200,000 hits milestone. Wow, both outstanding achievements. I'm happy you shared with us the Artman House photos and comments. I and my own blog readers sent cards to Artman House and to support staff of our own family members and it is so heartening to see that effort was well received. Thank you for making us aware of this opportunity and to reach out. (Oh, and I'd LOVE to win a gina k set for my very own.)

Maureen said...

Congrats on your blog accomplishments - you are such a talented lady that I'm not at all surprised that you've gotten so many hits in just one year!!

Thanks for sharing the pictures and response from the Artman Home. I also got a very sweet email of gratitude from them and it really warmed my heart how much they were touched by something as simple as my card! I was so glad to have participated!!

Marilyn Hitterman said...

Congratulations, Cammie!! What a neat idea to celebrate the anniversary of your blog. And thanks a lot for giving away so much "candy", too! Your list of comments is SUPER LONG today which is an indication of how many people visit your blog! Most especially, thanks for your idea to send thank you cards to your Grandmother's nursing home. The staff, I'm sure, truly deserved the BIG thank you they got!!
HAPPY BLOGAVERSARY!!!

Gailanne said...

This was such a wonderful tribute to your grandmother, and to all her kind and thoughtful caregivers. My dad died of Alzheimer's, so naturally it's a cause that is close to my heart. Thank you, Cammie.

Kathy McDonald said...

Congratulations on your blogaversary! I enjoy visiting your blog every day to see what great creation you are sharing. I look forward to seeing what the next year will bring!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!! What a wonderful gesture for such a deserving cause!
Cheers
Anna D

Kay said...

You deserve to have the happiest blog-aversary ever! I appreciated that you shared the pics from the Alzheimers card drive because it really shows -- in living color -- what a powerful bond there is among the card-making community. We should all follow your good example and be blessed by blessing others. Thank you!

Anita C said...

Cammie, thanks so much for the update! You So ROCK!! and everyone else out there that participated. It was such an amazing feeling to send the card but to see the pics, it brought me to tears. Once again thank you and CONGRATS on your 1 year blogaversary!!
{{HUGS}}
Anita

Anthonette said...

Happy Blogaversary, Cammie! 200K hits...wow...congrats!

I enjoyed participating in Heart to Heart.

Bunny B said...

Woohoo!! Happy Blogoversary!!! Congrats on your hits!!
x

lia said...

Congratulations on all your accomplishments!
Lia S.

Anonymous said...

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merri b

Anonymous said...

Congrats! You are a very special person. I visit your blog daily. Have a beautiful day!

stampinsilvia said...

WOW that is awesome that you have raised so much for the Alheimers association...one of my uncles is about to be put in a nursing home with this horrible desiese and he's only 65!

Thank you and GinaK for the awesome prise...I hope I win! LOL

Barb (GrandmaUpNorth) said...

I knew stampers were caring people, and you have proved it! Happy blogaversary to you! And congratulations on your 200,000 hits! That's amazing, but not surprising. I enjoy your blog, and check it daily.

Hope said...

Thank-you for sharing these pictures, Cammie! I'm so proud to habe been a part of this project. What a wonderful turnout~

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