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Happy blog birthday to me!

It’s my blog’s first birthday today. So I wanted to try to send you a more personal message. I’m using Utterz – sound quality isn’t brill but you get my drift I think!
So in honour of my first blog birthday, I wanted to create an award to thank so many of you who have visited and commented on my blog over the last year and whose blogs I always enjoy visiting. So, deep breath, here we go….
Bridget Jones
I’m sure I will add to this list as I think of vital people I have missed but to you all – thank you! It’s been a great year and I’m looking forward to next year! If you want to pass this on to any of your own favourite blogs then please feel free to do so. If you just would like to keep it for yourself, then that’s cool too!
Here’s sending you all a big birthday hug :-)

55 responses to “Happy blog birthday to me!

  1. Daddy Papersurfer February 23, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    “Happy Birthday to You” tra la – and, dear blog, the year has been kind to you – tee hee

  2. Creechman February 23, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    Sounded good. :) I love your accent. ha ha

  3. Diane February 23, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    Daddy P – thank you!

    Creechman – don’t you get all Jane Austen on me….

  4. RennyBA February 23, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    Happy one years Anniversary Diane. I can’t believe its only one year as I feel I’ve known you for very long. Your such a great supporter and trustful visitor!
    Your such a great blogger too and I feel honoured to be listed among your friends!

    I’ve collected this on my Awards page of course :-)

  5. susanne49 February 23, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY Diane and CONGRATULATIONS for your beautiful blog.

    Keep on posting for another and another and another year….I never get tired to look to your wonderful books! :-)

  6. Daddy Papersurfer February 23, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    I’m going to put that on my special shelf and buff and polish it everyday – thank you Diane – perhaps I should water it though? ….. ummm ……… tricky

  7. Durano Lawayan February 23, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    Happy Blog Birthday Diane,

    Congratulations, one year is a feat! I came unto your site rather late for the year, but to be considered a friend is an honor and a privilege.

    This is one site where I feel very much “at home”. You exude warmth in what you express, and in most instances, you are quite entertaining.

    Thanks for the privilege, the honor, the friendship, and the enjoyment. I’ll drink to all that after this post. :-) –Durano, done!

  8. Durano Lawayan February 23, 2008 at 6:05 pm


    Great voice and accent. Reminds me of Elizabeth Hurley. –Durano, done!

  9. puppypaws February 23, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    Loved the voice

  10. Dunn February 23, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    Happy Birthday! Great blog you have here. I always feel welcome everytime I dropped by. And I also love looking at your beautiful books. Keep it up, Diane. :)

  11. angesbiz February 23, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    Happy Birthday Much of a Muchness :)

    Thanks Diane for this beautiful award… I love it! Congrats on being in the blogosphere for one year and I’m sure you will be around to inspire us with your designs and contribution for many more to come. I look forward to reading and seeing more of you here.

    I love that Utterz and you sound brill!!

    Peace and Hugs


  12. laketrees February 23, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    ooooo you sound like the Queen of England Diane !!!
    what a lovely message…and such a great idea ….clappies !!! and bravo!!
    happy birthday to your blog …happy birthday to your blog !!
    Many happy returns for the day Diane :)
    I just wish I was over there to have some cake and champagne with you ….
    your award is gorgeous !!!…so bright and sunny …just like you …thank you …
    I feel very happy that we are blogging friends….and I hope you have a wonderful day….are you taking your blog somewhere special today? hehehe…. :=x :=X hug hug
    ps the hugs cartoon is sooooo cute :) :)

  13. perpetualplum February 23, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    Happy Blog Birthday to You! I was hoping for a song! :-D

    Have a cupcake

    Big Hugs,
    Sue a.k.a perpetualplum

  14. Lady Banana February 23, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    Happy Blog Birthday to you!

    Nice to hear you and thank you so much for the award :)

  15. cotojo February 23, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    Happy Birthday to your superb blog and conratulations to you :D

    Thank you so much for the wonderful award, I am truly honored to be included with such illustrious company and I will post this when time allows LOL.

    Loved your message, what a great idea :)

    I think my first blogoversary is about a month away yet, how time goes?

    Enjoy the rest of the weekend my dear friend,
    Hugs to you,
    Colin from Life

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  17. Teresa February 23, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    Bwahaha!! Love the “failed hug” cartoon!

    Happy, happy 1st blog birthday!! And may you continue it for many, many more years to come!

    I agree with Durano: you sound like Liz Hurley. :)

    And in case I ever get to meet you in person, I usually do hug style #4…so be prepared. LOL!

  18. strugglingwriter February 23, 2008 at 11:52 pm

    I’m #2 on the list. Yay :)

    Happy blog birthday. I forgot to get a cake with one candle on it for you. Sorry!

    I will post this award on my blog with pride. Thank you for that.


  19. totaltransformation February 24, 2008 at 12:34 am

    Although I didn’t make the list, happy B-day!

  20. DrowseyMonkey February 24, 2008 at 12:52 am

    Happy Blog Birthday! Thank you for that, it’s very sweet. And thanks for the great blog! :)

  21. ThePearLady February 24, 2008 at 4:36 am

    What a sweet way to celebrate with your blog friends, this is. Happy birthday to your blog! May there be many more. :)

  22. Diane February 24, 2008 at 9:39 am

    Renny – it does seem longer! I can’t seem to remember a time when I didn’t blog. Thank you for your visits and your kind comments :-)

    Susanne – thank you! So glad you enjoy my books. This blogging year is going to see my Etsy store and web site launched – honest :-)

    Daddy Papersurfer – do you do dusting? Wow! I am impressed :-)
    I try to avoid it at all costs……

    Durano – Better late than never! Thanks for your visits and comments. I’ll join you in that drink!
    Elizabeth Hurley? Gosh! I wish I looked like her too! :-)

    Puppypaws – thank you!

    Dunn – you have been dropping in here for a long time now! Thanks so much – you are always very welcome :-)

    Ange – thank you! I had to record it several (read – many!) times to get it with no stumbles and gave up in the end and just went with it. I was trying to be spontaneous – never a good idea!

    Kim – cake and champagne – oh yes please! Thanks for all your support and good wishes – you are always welcome over here :-)
    I shall probably take my blog for an outing to the beach – it’s a sunny day again here (whatever is happening to the weather!)
    Sound like the queen!!! I shall have to start swearing and dropping my ‘h’s’ a bit more! :-)

    Sue/Plum (I love that name!) – if you heard me singing you wouldn’t say that! Be thankful I spared you that :-)
    Thanks for the cupcake – yum!

    Lady B – nice of you to drop by and thanks for the good wishes! I like your new avatar!

    Colin – that was very quick Colin! I’m there on your blog already and the sunshine award looks great! Thanks for all your good wishes and I shall watch out for the celebrations for your blogaversary – love that word! – next month. Have a great, sunny Sunday too :-)

    Teresa – hugging is a minefield – and don’t get me started on social kisses – who do you kiss?how many kisses?which cheek first?Eek! :-)
    Hug #4 – OK got it! Thanks for your kind remarks – always appreciated!
    Liz Hurley eh? If only I was the same shape as her…. :-)

    Paul – you are nearly always first to comment on my new posts so you deserve to be high up the list! (although the list is entirely random – I hasten to add!)
    I have cake – just come to the party!
    Thanks for all your comments and support – it is very much appreciated and thanks for the fun I get out of reading your stories :-)

    Total transformation – I’ll put you on my next list! I promise! Thanks for the birthday wishes :-)

    Drowsey Monkey – thank you! I always enjoy reading your blog and your comments and your contributions over at GSTF. Glad you enjoy my blog too :-)

  23. Diane February 24, 2008 at 9:47 am

    PearLady – thank you for your kind wishes – always appreciated!

  24. GO! Smell the flowers February 24, 2008 at 1:06 pm


    You’ll always be a flower smeller to us and it’s great to be featured on your list….


    Jim & Em.

  25. Bobby Revell February 24, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    Hi Diane! Happy BlogBirthday!!!! You definitely have a beautiful site and I hope this is a fantastic year for you:)

    BTW…I really like Utterz, I shall check it out!

  26. Diane February 24, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    Jim&Em – thank you! I do like to drop in and see what you are all up to…much more exciting than over here! :-)

    Bobby – Glad you like it and thanks for the wishes. I think Utterz is a great idea! And after I posted my little message, the sound quality improved too so I no longer have a lisp :-)

  27. Lord Likely February 24, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    We almost share the exact same Blog Birthday, my dear – for I am celebrating my own on this very day. Huzzah for us!

    I feel honoured, proud and more than a little moist to receive this astonishing award. A hundred thanks to you!

    Happy One Year-iversary, and keep up the excellent work!

  28. Nihal February 24, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Much of a Muchness !!!

    Wow, this is a fantastic idea and I must say, it really goes to show that this blog is simply awesome! Diane, keep up what you’re doing, ‘Much of a muchness’ is destined to be a huge hit, year after year :)

    Adding Utterz was really cool, I’m sure everyone out there felt “at home” after hearing your voice. Diane, thanks once again for calling me out as a friend and I’m really happy for receiving this award from a true friend such as you :)

  29. kim February 24, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    Happy, Happy Blog Birthday!!!!

  30. scatterbrain February 24, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    happy birthday and congrats, love ‘the hug’!

    I feel so chuffed to be on your list as we’ve not long met, I am very honoured!

  31. Olga, the Traveling Bra February 24, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    Happy Birthday! I love that card! And Thank YOU for spreading a little sunshine on my day today!

  32. Diane February 24, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    Lord Likely – hoorah for us! Champagne and much cakeage all round!
    Many more adventures ahead of you, I hope :-)

    Nihal – I’m glad you like it! Utterz is quite cool isn’t it? Thanks for al your good wishes and all the Fuel over at FuelMyBlog too. You are a star :-)

    Kim – thank you! It almost feels like a real me birthday – with less scary numbers :-)

    Scatterbrain – thank you! Better late than never! :-)

    Olga- I think you needed a bit of sunshine today. You are very welcome and thanks for the good wishes :-)

  33. mywoodenrobot February 24, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    Happy blog birthday! =] I can’t wait to reach mine. Thanks so much for the shout out. =] I really appreciate it. I really have you to thank for inspiring me to do all the crafts I’ve made in the past few weeks. You’re really a special and creative person. So glad to have you in the apt too!

  34. Diane February 24, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    Jane – my pleasure and thank you for the lovely comments. It’s so nice of you to set up Apt 1310G too, I’m finally getting the hang of it :-)

  35. thepoliticalcat February 24, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    Happy blogday, Diane! Thank you for all the beauty you’ve brought me.

  36. dianeca February 24, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    Happy birthday to your blog…cha cha cha…happy birthday to your blog…cha cha cha…happy birthday wonderful bloggy…happy birthday to your blog…cha cha cha!!

    Yeahhhhhhhhh!! One year old today! Hope you have had a lifetime experience with this blogging thing ;-)

  37. Diane February 24, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    I spotted the award you have given to me and was planning to save it for a couple of days so I can plan my 10 people to pass it on to!

    Thank you so much for the award and the good wishes. I’m glad you enjoy my books and my blog :-)

  38. Eric "Speedcat Hollydale" February 24, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    Whooo Hooo!!!!!! Great party over here. I brought more cake …. made by “me” with extra vanilla. Go ahead – have a BIG chunk.

    I like the HUGS. There is one that is absent though … it’s the “man to man” “man to married woman” hug. These are the instructions.

    1. Stand at least one pace apart
    2. Quickly reach out and put hands on shoulders
    3. Pat twice, look at each other, then look at something else
    4. Drag feet on the floor and pull away
    5. Change the subject, but also mention why the “hugged” person is nice!

    LOL!!!! You can break this rule for dads, realatives, and blogging pals.

    I like sunflowers, and their seeds. “If the latter are still in the shell …. that’s too much of a muchness of work”. I like de-shelled, unsalted seeds. The salted ones make me choke :-)

    Happy blogging birthday – Diane, got you on my mind. Remember that song?? I wrote it in the 70’s. It’s called H.B.B.D. “the happy blog song” I will sing it to you now, ” Happy blogging birthday – Diane, got you on my mind

    See you at the next big celebration – and I will make a bundt cake with caramel and cocconut filling!!!! Hi Yahh!

    Thanks D,

  39. Diane February 24, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    DianeCA – You sing a lot better than I do!

    Once I found my groove, I have really started to enjoy this blogging thing – and I have found so many lovely supportive blogging friends.

    I think I’ll keep going for another year….or two…. :-)

  40. Diane February 24, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    Eric – have you been watching this?

    That’s not you is it? :-)

    I’m loving the cake – yum! The bundt cake sounds extremely luscious – I’ll look forward to that :-)

    You should record the song on Utterz and let us all hear you sing it :-)

    Have a great day! See you soon.

  41. pete February 25, 2008 at 5:15 am

    Congrats, Diane! And thank you for the most excellent demonstration of a Dorset accent. This post has left me feeling rather chuffed. :D

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  43. Lunes February 25, 2008 at 9:24 am

    Joyeux Anniversaire – bisous

  44. Roberta February 25, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    Happy BlogBirthday!!!

    I love your books, they are so cute!

    Best regards,

  45. Diane February 25, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    Pete- unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your point of view!) I don’t have a Dorset accent. I was born in Manchester and have lived all over England and Wales, Kuwait and France so I have a sort of hybrid mixed up sort of English accent :-) Sorry!
    Listen to this BBC archive of regional accents
    BBC Voices

    Kim – merci beaucoup!

    Roberta – Thank you! Glad you like them. I love the scrapbook you made for your mother :-)

  46. Justin (Pusha) February 26, 2008 at 2:19 am

    Happy Bday to your blog Diane! Congratualtions on the success and all the cool book designs you have created over the last year.
    Take Care,

  47. strugglingwriter February 26, 2008 at 2:25 am

    I just noticed the recorded message you left all of us. How nice! Thank you for that. :)

  48. Diane February 26, 2008 at 9:21 am

    Justin – thank you! Now that’s yet another anniversary. I didn’t start making books until July 2007 – I feel another blog party coming on :-)

    Paul – My pleasure – a bit nerve wracking and took lots of ‘takes’ but managed it in the end. Sort of. :-)

  49. clara February 26, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    Hi Diane!
    Happy blog birthday.
    Tanck you for the award, i love it. I gona put it on my blog.
    keep on with you blog and of course with your amazing books, i love them.
    By the way is a great idea leave a voice message for this occasion.

  50. Diane February 26, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    Clara – glad you like it! It’s a photo of a sunflower I took a couple of years ago.

    Thank you for reading my blog and your kind comments. I love seeing your books too – even though I don’t speak Portuguese and so can’t read what you say on your blog :-(

    Glad you like the voice message too :-)

  51. fracas February 26, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    Hi Diane, and a belated Happy Blog Birthday to you! I’ve been kind-of away, organizing my mom’s 80th non-blog birthday, and it seems I’ve missed some parties everywhere. But… it’s never to late to come by and wish someone the best, especially someone as sweet and talented as you.

    May your next year of blogging be twice as nice as the first.

  52. Diane February 27, 2008 at 12:17 am

    Fracas – you are most welcome! Hope the party went/goes well! I have my Dad’s 80th in April!

    Glad you are back in Blogworld and thank you so much for your very kind comments and blog-birthday wishes!

  53. AmyH March 2, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    Happy blog birthday, Diane! I’m so glad I found your blog! Thanks, also, for the award. Here’s for another year of beautiful books, photography and the funniest YouTube videos I’ve ever seen.

  54. Diane March 2, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    Thank you so much for visiting! I’m so glad you enjoy what you find here – makes it all worthwhile :-)

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