A Year In The Making {and a giveaway}

A Happy Anniversary Post.
Not me and the handy man…
It’s the One Year Anniversary 
of Fox Hollow Cottage.
I’ve spent quite some time trying to decide how to express what blogging this past year has meant to me. 
I started thinking about it several weeks ago. 
And last night. And this morning…
Now, here I am.
It’s after 8 p.m. and I’m still stuck.
{I’m obviously not good at this}
On this day, last year.
I took a deep breath, posted some pictures and hit publish. It was a second chance for me. I had tried to blog once before, the previous January, but it just didn’t stick.
This time it did and kept on posting.
I will always be thankful to 
Debbie from Debbiedoo’s for urging me 
to start a blog, for her continued friendship and her excellent cheering skills!
I don’t have the biggest blog.
Fanciest house.
Or the Best Crafts…
But I have the nicest people visit me.
Encourage me.
And cheer me on.
Oh look, there are some of you now!
I in turn, love giving that back.
I count many of you friends.
I ask your advice.
Try to offer comfort you when you’re down. 
And cheer for you when you’re up!!
I’ve been fortunate to experience some highlights this year that I never expected.
I thought I would be lucky, lucky.. to have more then 100 followers within a year.
and I am lucky. 
I was accepted to BlogHer.
I didn’t know what BlogHer was a year ago.
My Pool Noodle Wreaths got around a bit.
One was even featured on BlogHer.
Then it traveled off to live with 
my friend Debbie at reFresh reStyle.
Lots of link parties have been joined and many generous bloggers have featured my projects and posts. It continues to be an honor and a treat when something of mine is featured. It sure feels nice.
I even got the chance to 
 in the Newbie Spotlight and for the Great Spring’tacular link party.
and Facebooked my little fingers off. 
And had a blast doing it!
There was also an awful tragedy that struck, but as a blogging community, we raised $910 to try and help. I was so proud to be a part of that and the generosity involved.
Blogging is also a really great motivator 
for knocking things off your to-do list. 
{man is it ever}
My husband is super handy and thanks to him, many projects were completed. He definitely deserves credit for most of the big stuff that gets done around here. Plus, he is so supportive of my love for blogging and that means the world to me.
are one that he gets ALL the credit for!
Yep, that was all him too.
(with some help from Austin)
I worked paint & clean up.. but without him, lets face it… paint alone was just not going to do the trick.
This year has also brought a new venture for me and I’m a retailer for La Craie paint from the Maison Blanche Paint Company.
It’s super exciting to be working with the Maison Blanche Paint Company. I find it so easy to share something I really believe in.
Because I’ll tell you what…
if it wasn’t some premium paint,  
this girl would let me know!
{and that is why I love her}
Laura from Our Prairie Home and I ran into each other in blog land as newbies and we’ve been Lilo & Stitch ever since.
I love her.
The girl can craft.. and sew..
and man, can she PAINT!
Another fun thing about blogging 
is that sometimes, 
you get surprises in the mail!
When you send a friend (Debbie) a present. Just because.
And you won’t let her pay you for it.
She’ll (Debbie) send you a present back. 
Because she is stubborn sweet like that 😉
But you really like it.
And seeing your blog name like that made it suddenly feel so “real”.
{and you’re not so secretly very happy}
That leads me to a thank-you gift for spending the last year with me.
{Sorry about that}
It’s from Creative Carmella and I
I thought she was the perfect 
Go-To Girl 
to create a special little something 
in celebration of 
Fox Hollow Cottage’s
first year.
Carmella has a shop;
Carmella is on facebook
I thank you for hanging out with me!
For stopping by the blog
and for taking time to comment.
I look forward to lots more fun, 
DIY adventures and some
Cheap&Easy crafts.
I want Fox Hollow Cottage to continue to grow and I want you to be there with me.
It sure wouldn’t be any fun all alone!!
Special thanks to;
 Courtney at French Country Cottage
Viv at The V Spot
Karen at Redoux
Karin at Art is Beauty
Miss Bliss at Bliss Ranch
{she will give me that aqua sideboard one day… }
Desiree at The 36th Avenue
Bonnie & Trish at Uncommon
Heather & Vanessa at at The Picket Fence
Karianne at Thistlewood Farms
and Nana Diana 
for supporting me (and many others) with tips, help, friendship, features and/or inspiration!
This list in no way includes everyone but I will have to continue this Love~Fest in another post as I am painfully slow and this has taken me 3 hours. Mwah!! 
A Year In The Making {and a giveaway}
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  1. says

    It’s not much, but you still managed to give me some ideas on adding a little more style around the house. Not that the current shabby chic is that bad, but it wouldn’t hurt to add a little flair, would it?

  2. says

    It’s hard to believe you started blogging about the same time I began reading blogs. You must have just skipped over that awkward newbie phase because from the first time I read your blog I’ve admired the way u share yourself with others. You were my favorite then and you’ve stayed number one. Many continued blessings to one who deserves it! Happy Anniversary!

  3. says

    It’s not often a simple post of an anniversary would render me short of the written word, but for some reason I got a bit teary and typeless reading this post. It just proves how easy it is for you to touch people and one of the reasons we love YOU.


  4. says

    Shannon..I’m following now too…I’ve been blogging off/on with Debbiedoo’s(isn’t she awesome-so creative-always thinking up fun stuff).Happy One year Blogn’.

  5. says

    Congrats on one year Shannon! I guess my one year will be rolling around pretty soon too! Thanks for sharing all of your projects with us and being such an inspiration! :)

  6. says

    Congrats on the first of many fabulous years to come! My anniversary one year anniversary is next week and I’ll never forget you were one of the first gals I met. You liked my lonely little blog page on FB and were a fabulous cheerleader! Here’s to your continued success – you rock!

  7. says

    One year– you are joking…you must be joking! Oh my Shannon..you are one amazing blogger- Look at you- for only 1 year..YOU my darlin’ is someone I look up to. YOU my darlin’ give so much for yourself ..it truly is amazing. YOU my darlin’ are the Sweetest person I have met…truly.. YOU my darlin’ I just want to squeeze the Bee-jeezies out of because that is how much you mean to me! Thank you for being you Shannon, and sharing your awesome stunning gorgeous talents with us all!
    xo Jen

  8. says

    Dear Shannon…..you are just so sweet, and I am so happy for you on your First Anniversary! I love to visit with you, when I can….you have such neat ideas and things to see. God bless you as you go forward with your blog! May it grow beyond your wildest dreams!

  9. says

    Happy Anniversary, girl! You’re on your way and you’ve already begun to impact so MANY lives in such an amazing way! I can’t wait to see what the next year brings. Here’s to many, many more! xo, Kimberly

  10. says

    Ok…so you are gonna make us cry!! :) We have LOVED getting to “know” you this year!! You are just the most encouraging and supportive woman and Trish and I are forever grateful to have met you Shannon! You bring the fun factor and always a smile!! Thank you for sharing a part of yourself with all of us! Just wish you did not love on the opposite coast… ROAD TRIP!!!! :)

  11. says

    Thank you! Thank you girls :) So many sweet comments. I just love you guys!! Had to hop on and say thanks. I’ll be getting back to you all personally tonight when I get some computer time. Hugs, Shannon :)

  12. says

    Congratulations my friend! You’ve come a long way in a year. I was drawn here from the get-go. You’ve got all it takes to be successful, but I love that your personality shines through in every post. I think that’s what draws us all here. Wishing you continued success always!

  13. says

    Happy Anniversary, sweet Shannon! I am so happy that you stuck with blogging the second time…you put a smile on my face every day! You are absolutely one of the kindest, most generous people that I have had the pleasure to know.


  14. says

    Happy Anniversary Shannon…you have not only made a difference in Blog world with your creativity and fantastic posts, but also given a voice for those of us who don’t have a blog but also share the love of craft, painting and creating beauty out of nothing! I thank you for that!!! Your sensitivity and ability to connect with your readers without even know how most of us look or sound like, has put you where you are now, AMONG The BEST!!! Enjoy your anniversary, you have honestly earned every praise you get from the blogging community, people on facebook and those who consider our digital Awesome Friend! BIg Bear Hug, Lizy!

  15. says


    Congratulations on your anniversary! I love to stop by Fox Hollow to see what’s happening! So glad you stuck it out this time! Here’s to another inspiring year at Fox Hollow!



  16. says

    What a fantastic post Shannon! I enjoyed reading it with my cup of Joe this morning. I felt like you were right in front of me. Great giveaway choice (wink, wink). I so enjoy your blog and am Glad you started it, congrats to 1 year! :) Have an awesome day.

  17. says

    Shannon, I could not be happier for you and all your achievements and your zest for life and blogging!~ I wish you continued happiness in all you do and share. You have a lot to give, and we all know you sure give it!
    Thanks in return for being supportive of me.

  18. says

    Congrats on your one year anniversary. I love visiting you because you are so REAL….and that, to me, is the most important part of the people I follow- Love ya, gal- xo Diana

  19. says

    Happy Blogaversary, Shannon! : ) It’s been enjoyable coming along on your decorating and DIY journey. I look forward to seeing what else you do in the future. You’re a wonderful bloggy friend to so many. I know you will have much success in your new venture, too!

  20. says

    Awwwww! Aren’t you a doll?! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, LILO!!! Can’t believe it’s been almost a year since we became friends! I don’t know what I’d do without you! You are the BEST cheerleader EVER!!! And I am so proud of you and what you have accomplished! And you know why you have? Because you’re sweet, generous, funny, kind, smart, and you have the best mix of sarcasm/humor EVER. That’s why we love you and that’s why we’ll always love you! Reach for the starts, baby! I’m gonna be able to say, “I knew her when…”! Sending you a big ole MWAH today! Love you, girl! Congrats!!!

  21. says

    Congradulations. I just love all that you do. Its wonderful that Im able to email you photos of my projects and have you like them or to ask your advice. Starring with us your story and your family. Thank you. Whitney Sigler

  22. says

    Congradulations. I just love all that you do. Its wonderful that Im able to email you photos of my projects and have you like them or to ask your advice. Starring with us your story and your family. Thank you. Whitney Sigler

  23. says

    Wel if anyone is good at blogging…it is you dear friend! The first time I talked to you on the phone made me realize just how much your blogging is exactly how you talk. Not many can do that when typing words for so many to read…your personality conveys so very well and I always love reading what you have to say and of course looking at what you’ve done! I am so very happy for you and your one year of positive blogging!!! May you have a million followers and never die away…you are an amazing person!!! Congrats!