Getting Ready for Our Blogiversary — Reader Appreciation

Tomorrow, our sweet little blog turns one year old, and we are planning something special to celebrate! But first, I want to take a moment to thank you (yes, you, who happened to stumble upon our little corner of the internet, and then kept coming back!). While I love blogging about the crafts and activities our family enjoys, what I really treasure are the hundreds of thoughtful emails, beautiful comments, and other wonderful blog posts we have helped to inspire.

When I see our readers doing projects they have seen here, it makes me want to jump up and down with excitement! Many of you incorporate your own little twists on the projects, which in turn, inspires me even more.
I love seeing your projects!!! Thank you for all of your kind words, support, and friendship. Thank you for taking the time to email me, leave comments, send photos, or blog about your projects. I feel like I’ve gotten to know so many new friends I haven’t even met, and for that I am so grateful.

While reflecting on this year-long blogging adventure, I thought our “About” page was insanely out-dated, so it has now been re-done and you can visit it here to learn more about our family.
Now seemed like a good time to put together a FAQ page, so if you have any questions or if there is anything else you would like to know about us, leave a comment and we’ll try to answer them!


  1. Congrats on the great blog. Nice Collage too!

  2. Dear Valerie,

    Great. Another date I must remember. I suppose this means I should get you something frugal. How about this… PAPER CUP?!


    Want to go for a ride in the anti-gravity chamber tomorrow night. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

  3. congrats,
    i have only recently started reading your blog, i think it's great.
    thank you for letting us into your lives

  4. VISART - DaLi Designs says

    Congrats, you have one of the most fave blogs, thank you for great ideas!

  5. Biancifiore says

    I think all of us should to thank you for share your fantastic ideas and the life of your wonderful family. You inspire me everyday and everyday I hope to find something news in your blog!!! thanks thanks thanks, congrats and many wishes for your future!

  6. Congrats on 1 year! πŸ™‚ I have been reading your blog for a few months now and I want to thank you for all the wonderful inspirational project ideas you have posted. My 6 year old thanks you also!

  7. congratulations! we have done so many of your crafts! we love your site!

  8. Lenetta @ Nettacow says

    I remember thinking "who IS this Valerie that keeps putting all the posts on Frugal Fridays???" :>) It didn't take long for me to put you in my reader so I didn't miss anything! Happy anniversary, and I look forward to many, many more fun posts. And I also am waiting for Mark's napkin doll tutorial . . .

  9. Congratulations on your anniversary! Your blog is one of my favorites, and I was thrilled to see one of my photos in your collage.

    I can't wait to see what you do with that paper cup from Mark! I'm sure it will be brilliant.

  10. Clodagh a.k.a. Isra says

    thanks for all your ideas and the things you share and of course for your side kicks great commentary!

  11. I'm surprised it's only been a year. I rely on your daily dose of humor and creativity. Thanks so much!

  12. Many congratulations!!! Your blog is by far my favorite and the one I pass on to all of my crafty friends!

  13. Congratulations on your blogiversary!!! Here's to many, many more years of frugal family fun and many more project ideas and inspirations shared πŸ™‚

    (P.S. Is it really sad that I was SO SO SO excited to see several of my pics on your collage? Made my day!)

  14. Val in the Rose Garden says

    You are amazing. This all in one year. Just incredible! I am so happy to have 'stumbled upon' your space and gotten to know you.

    Happy Blogiversary!!! (BTW we still have those bird books in our nature walk bags. πŸ™‚ )

    Love Val

  15. You're such a sweetie! It's been an honor and joy to read your blog. Even though I am probably your most difficult, non-crafting friend (LOL) I thoroughly enjoy reading about you, your family and sharing what you love. Thanks for allowing me into your world and coming into mine. Congratulations on your blogiversary and on a wonderful blog! Smooches, hugs and love.

  16. gardenmama says

    Valerie, I am happy to have recently found your blog it is lovely getting to know you! And Mark, well your comments always seem to make me smile and sometimes laugh out loud : )