Jun 25, 2008


WEDNESDAY, JULY 2ND IS MY 1-YEAR BLOGOVERSARY! This year has been a vapor, let me tell you. My fancy took flight and I followed it. Eye-dyllic has documented mind blowing miracles, my 50th Birthday celebration, my daughter's engagement, family events, friendships, passions and so forth...

Since I began keeping a stat log, I have welcomed 21,792 visitors from 114 countries. A multitude of guests have come in and sit a spell, adding to the ongoing dialog. Others have faithfully lurked, and many have used my blog driveway to turn around. Nevertheless, our worlds have touched.

My blog is heterogeneous in nature. Ask me what my favorite color is and it will depend on the day, my mood, or which direction the wind is blowing. I'm not good at listing my favorite things in singular because my passions are plural. Hence, my eclectic taste reigns supreme here, although I do lean toward nostalgic and romantic.
I know it seems like we bloggers never run out of "landmark" occasions but I don't want to overlook this celebration. So, I AM HAVING A GIVEAWAY! As usual, I am giving each of YOU the opportunity to increase your chances of winning. You can keep it simple or become more daring.

The GIVEAWAY PRIZE is a $35.00 Gift Card that will be sent to you via email or snail mail: your choice. Anyone feel like a shopping spree?


You may enter by commenting once under this BLOGOVERSARY heading. If you want to increase your chances of winning, read below...
  • You will receive 1 EXTRA ENTRY for each person that you refer to this Giveaway. They must mention your name and preferably your blog in their comment.
  • You will receive 2 EXTRA ENTRIES for mentioning one or more of your favorite posts from this Eye-dyllic blog.
  • You will receive 10 EXTRA ENTRIES for downloading one of the following Dover dessert clipart images and dazzling it with color and creativity. Use your imagination. Once it is complete, scan or photograph it and then send it to me via email. I will be showcasing your artistry on my blog. (My email address is in my profile.)
The DEADLINE for entering is: Wednesday, July 2nd at Midnight PST. Have FUN!

[Select one image. Click to enlarge. Then download and personalize it with pizazz!]


  1. Wow Karen! How fun is this! You always to things with a blast! This is going to be lots of fun, and what a wonderful gift for the winner! Thank you my friend!



  2. How can I choose a favorite? You're making this hard on me.

    I loved Mental Pause, but on another front I adored all of the According to Vogue installments. Oh, and then there was you sharing your daughter's engagement.

    I love it here because you make me smile, laugh, think and sometimes you make me cry.

    Oh, and I forgot about haplology!

  3. What a generous give a way. Thank-you so much...Mary

  4. You are always so generous!
    I have printer issues so I can't do the artwork :( BUT I choose your Father's Day post for my fav! Glad I found it today. REally interesting and fun. My daddy was also a joker!

  5. CONGRATULATIONS to one of our favorite bloggers- one year of amazing posts, writing, insights, and of course, our very favorite post....haiku poems!!!

    kari & kijsa

  6. In honor of Let's go Haiku-ku from last October:

    your words have gone out
    a formed path of memories
    our hearts smile as one

    kari & kijsa

  7. Happy blogaversary!
    This is a complicated giveaway...
    Of course I love this post best!
    (does this get me 2?)

  8. Hi KJ,
    Beverly has already mentioned two of my favorites - Mental Pause was hilarious and I also loved the Vogue covers. But I'll add to those Mystery Visitors on January 8, and Finally 50 on January 30. It was such a pleasure to see pictures of you and your son!
    I'll be sending you a creative interpretation of one of the illustrations!
    Watch for my Giveaway next week!!
    Hugs, Judy

  9. This looks like fun! I'm going back to read through your archives. Shabby sent me over so an extra point goes to her if I'm reading the directions correctly.


  10. LOOKS LIKE A TOTAL BLAST!! CONGRATULATIONS on 100 sometimes fun... sometimes happy .... sometimes sad... sometimes filled with information up the wazoon posts!!!

    Going to see if I even know how to be creative anymore



  11. You have really made it a party! What a nice giveaway! Happy blogoversary!
    another karen in ca....

  12. Happy Blogoversary!!! Wheeee!!!

  13. Oh I would love to be included!! I will also mention your giveaway on my blog and the rolling text thingie in my sidebar!!!

  14. So many of your posts could be up there on the list but my most favorite would be Today's Bouquets. What a moving testimony.

    Congratulations on your blogoversary!

  15. Congratulations on your milestones!

    Some of my favorite posts of yours are:
    "Tribute to my Daddy"
    "Mental Pause Moments"

    Thank you so much for the generous giveaway!

  16. Coffee Tea Books & Me

    Happy Blogoversary!

  17. Found your blog through Cootie Bug's (Connie W) blog post. Congratulations
    and may you post many more.

  18. Happy Blog Anniversary! (Kamewh sent me over.)

  19. I'm enjoying your blog very much .. especially after my friend Robin at Bittersweet Punkin sent me over to check it out!

    I also like your post about your dad and Long Beach ... it made me smile!

    Please enter me in your give-away, and best of luck!


  20. Wow, congratulations on your blogoversary. Bittersweet Punkin sent me over here to check it out.

    I always love a good party.

    - Suzanne, the Farmer's Wife

  21. I am amazed on how much information, some just astonishing that one can get from sharing with others. Thanks and Happy Blogoversary. (Kamewh sent me) May you have many more years to celebrate!

  22. Congrats on your blogoversary! I enjoyed your Tribute to my Daddy.
    Kamewh sent me.

  23. What fun! I heard about your give-away at Cootie Bug's and came to read for myself. I haven't read enough yet to pick a favorite but I'll be back! Blessings, marlene

  24. Happy Blog anniversary!!!
    What a lovely giveaway!

  25. I just love your blog. I really want to be in this give away. I learned about it through Connie @ - Congrats!

  26. Wow! You have a way with words! I enjoyed visiting here. I was sent over to see you by Connie W. at Cootie Bug. Would love to be included in this giveaway.

  27. Hi First time i have read your blog, looks like i'm going to be busy reading for a while.

  28. oh, i want to join!!
    i heard about your giveaway from

    hhmmmm. which pic should i dazzle?? lol

  29. Hi Kj, What a great giveaway!

    I loved your posts with interactive stories & didn't you do a post about losing your glasses? I think I remember a post about glasses but maybe not....MentalPause!
    I don't think I'll have time to work with the clipart.......
    Congratulations on your blogoversary!
    Hugs from Canandaigua,DebraK

  30. GREAT..sign me up
    and Robin from Bittersweet Pumpkin sent me~
    Happy Blog-iversary

  31. Hi Karen ...congrats on your first year of blogging..I am relatively new at this but it is great to look back and see the milestones...I never get around to keeping a journal so find this is great!

  32. Congratulations on your Blogoversary! I just started my new blog Saturday. I linked over from a comment you made on Crafty Dad's blog. I am THE Carolyn that always comments on his posts.

    Thanks for hostessing such a nice giveaway. xxoo

  33. Happy one Year! Thank you for the giveaway! I have been reading and the Vogue post made me smile, def my favorite!

  34. Just found your blog and I love it!! I will be back.

  35. Happy 1 year anniversary! I am finally starting to notice who all started their blogs at the same time, I think I started mine the week after you (I'll have to check on that). Amazing that we were both putting out our first posts one year ago.

    I have enjoyed so many of your posts but I especially was drawn to the engagement one, as it struck on a personal level with my own experience of late!

    I visit here as often as I can but I will credit Robin of Bittersweet Pumpkin for putting the bug in my ear about your anniversary...I would've found out eventually as I made my rounds but then I probably would've been LATE.

    So, happy happy anniversary to you and here's to another year!


  36. Wow! Please add me to the giveaway list! Thanks!
    Sweet blessings!

  37. Hi

    I just found your blog, and perfect timing as well a give away:) I will be poping back:)

  38. Happy Blogiversary! Thanks for letting me know and entering my name for your fabulous giveaway! Woo hoo!

  39. What fun and so many chances to be entered into your giveaway!

    I'll work on the other ways tomorrow...should be in bed right now!

    Hugs and congratulations on your first year of blogging!


  40. Hi and happy Anniversary! Time flies when you are having fun.

    What a wonderful give away. I'm going to put a link to your giveaway on my blog for you.

    I spent some time catching up on how you have been. I just loved your post about your Dad and growing up in Long Beach. I remember hearing stories about the Pike but never was there. My sisters were though!

    I'm happy you stopped by my blog to say but I don't think you noticed I was having a giveaway too. So if you want you can take a peek and see if you want to enter. It's open until July 5th.

    Hope you are having a wonderful summer and enjoy our cooler weather. Although I hear we are expected to get hot again! YUCK.

    Your fellow 50 year old OC blogger!

  41. You are so generous! What a great giveaway! Happy blog anniversary!

  42. How sweet of you to share your anniversary with everyone this way!
    Joanne from sent me over so I, of course, had to read up on this new fellow 50ish blogger. I did enjoy Mental Pause. You have a wry sense of humor and if we didn't have a sense of humor these days, we wouldn't have much else! Please sign me up. I love shopping from my chair!

  43. Yeah KJ!!!! Congrats on your Blogoversary!! You have done a wonderful job with your is so interesting--one never knows just what you will be about from one day to the next! Such a joy to read. I have a terrible memory (I think the hot flashes are actually melting some parts of my brain, lol!) but some of my fav blog posts of yours are the one where you first showed a pic of you and your little son--so cute, and it's nice to put your face with your name. Speaking of brain melting--I loved your silly Mental Pause post!! I also liked the licking your plate one (had to share that one with my plate licking son). AND, of course, all the ones where you so graciously bragged about me! LOL I appreciate every kind comment!
    So again, congrats and keep up the good work.
    God's Blessings! Karen

  44. Happy Blogoversary Karen! I remember my one year anniversary of blogging and it was such a milestone for me! You have a great blog, my favorite posts are the ones telling how God has met your needs and been there for you in so many ways. It is a joy to hear your testimony to his goodness. Keep blogging:>) I'm off to bling up one of those pictures!

  45. Woo hoo! Pick me! I spend all my momey on Amazon books. Oh yea, and aprons! :D

    For your daily dose of vintage goodness & a bit of silliness, stop by Confessions of an Apron Queen

  46. Hi Karen! Congrats on your 1 year! My most recent favorite entry was concerning your father. In your writing I could feel your love a pride in him, as well as how he has loved and cared for you. Very touching. In his writing I could feel how he loves LB. My mother grew up in the area. She married my father at a young age, and he moved her to a Mo. farm! My mother has always talked of the beach and growing up there, but until the past few years I had not realized what a sacrifice she had made, and how she misses it. Thanks so much for sharing.
    Debbie from

  47. I am new to your blog, and it is so lovely. Thanks for stopping by Oatmeal and Whimsy and inviitng me. I browsed through some of your posts, and the one about Tasha Tudor's passing captured my heart. I have loved her for years, and I too found out laqte about her passing. It made me sad, as well. I loved the way to talked of her and the links, too. Enjoy your busy life...

  48. Thanks for the photos! I needed a drinks picture for today, how perfect. I am making a picture for my sisses and will definately glitter it up and post it.

    happy anniversery!

  49. WildhuneyblossomJuly 1, 2008 at 3:16 PM

    Congrats on your first year at blogging! I found you through the blog "One Woman's Cottage Life".
    Im sending you a "summery treat" using your clipart. Hope you like!
    And thanks for the giveaway! =)

  50. This is to report that Jessica (aka wildhuneyblossom) has earned 10 EXTRA ENTRIES for her beautifully presented dessert artwork!!! I will be showcasing her piece when I announce the winner!

    Good work, Jessica!


    P.S. I am enjoying all of your comments! It's also nice to see some new faces!

  51. What fun! Congratulations on a YEAR! I'm so glad that you visit my blog too.

    I LOVE the post about Brian and Briana. What a sweet and wonderful story. I'm so glad that you and your family were able to be a part of such a momentous occasion!

    I'd love to be entered for the giveaway.

    God bless,

  52. Happy 1 Year Blogoversary! I like all of the celebrating that's happening here.

    It would be difficult to say that just one post is a favorite--so many with wonderful vintage images that I love...the high fashion 50's images are especially fun!

    Thanks for a lovely visit...Marilyn:)

  53. Happy Anniversary! Thanks so much for visiting my blog, I'm still a rookie :) Soak it all in, enjoy!

  54. Please enter me KJ...this is a very great giveaway, thank you! Also, thank you for the sweet comment on my blog...I got the picture from the banner from flickr, and it happened to be sized right I guess, because I know almost nothing about this stuff, I am just faking it and getting by!! :0) Hugs, Kristin

  55. OK Look don't faint, Miss Cyndi showed up to enter your contest.

    I have been so busy resting ..getting ready for my surgery later this month.

    Happy Anniversary dear Blog one. ;) Have a wonderful week.

    xo Love you.

  56. Hi Karen. Congrats on your one year anniversary. When we were kids they used to say "keep on truckin' mama". Now it's "keep on bloggin' girl!"

  57. well, happy blogoversary to YOU! You have a Very interesting blog, thanks for sharing yourself with us. I think my favorite blog would be the Interactive Christmas Story...that sure could teach a valuable lesson. Again, thank you and congratulations!

  58. OOh, I'd love a shopping spree! I was referred here by Misses Kwitty (she has a link on her blog)!

  59. A whole year has gone by? Unbelievable! I have enjoyed your blog so much...when I was happy, when I was sad, when I was missing my friend. I found unique ideas to incorporate with my own eclectic taste, I found beautiful art & designs to bring a smile to my face, and was always reminded of what a truly beautiful woman you are - inside and out. Congrats!
    Hugs & prayers, Serena

  60. Congratulations on your blog anniversary! Thanks for offering the giveaway.

  61. Just going out the door, so don't have time to get extra entries...darn. Oh Well, maybe luck will shine on me! What a fabulous giveaway! Thanks for doing this.

  62. Your gift will certainly be the lucky winner! Meanwhile, congrats. and many thanks for all the great things you bring to us via your neat blog......and your always generous comments.

    You are certainly special.
    Hugs - Mary.

  63. So glad you visited. Hope I am not too late to enter your contest.
    Come back and visit again!!

    Robin/Southern Bella

  64. Hi again, KJ!!
    Sorry, I didn't get a chance to interpret one of your clip art illustrations as I had hoped. But you certainly had a great response to your giveaway!!
    Happy Blogoversary and Happy 4th!!

  65. OK I confess..I've been a lurker.. but I do enjoy your witty writing and humor.

    I think your --Mental Pause Moments --post was great! I can relate :-)

    Hugs, Pat

  66. Blogger CIELO said...

    I love coffee myself too; mornings are so much better with coffee! Please enter me on your give-away! :)

    Have a blessed 4th, KJ


    July 2, 2008 1:33 PM

    (I moved this post to the correct place. KJ)

  67. Hey Karen,
    Well I can't pick just one favorite post of course....I like them all.
    I wonder why I didn't sign up for this before?
    Goofy me.
    I've been thinking of you....hope all is going well.
    See ya!!!
    Joyce M.

  68. Debby:

    Debby reads my blog all the time, but she is intimidated by the process. So, she has asked me to post for her.

    You're official, Debby!