2.15.2010

The Chicago Bloggy Thingy.

 First of all, there were women with way cooler cameras and much more talent than I, so hopefully they will be posting soon with more details.  For now, I offer up this scatterbrained account of a most excellent adventure. 

Jen put the thing together with Amy, who hosted at her house.  Which was like stepping into a blog.  Supremely beautiful.  I was kinda gobsmacked (thanks Annie).  Totally fabulous house. 

The food spreads were amazing (and this was just the tip of the proverbial iceberg). I kinda wanted to horde, but restrained myself so as to seem like someone in control of her carb intake.  Anybody fooled?

We had a raffle in which everyone got at least one awesome prize...Here's Janet receiving hers with our hostess Amy behind her:

Penny, who 'decloaked' for the occasion receives her prize (left to right: Tracey, Traci, Penny and Suzanne)

Judy is tickled to get the prize from Pat, who like Penny, delurked for the get together.  (left to right behind Judy: Pat, Anne Marie, Annie, and Tracey again.)

Exchanging info left to right: Rebecca, Amy, and Suzanne


I didn't get pictures of Jen, Joy, Heidi, Joan or Jayme!!!  Ugh...but they're all on the video. Oh alright, I'll stick it in here again. You know, in case you missed it.  Oh go on, watch it again.  It's worth it to see me and Jayme squishing our faces together.
In order of appearance:
Penny discusses, Suzanne gets her camera ready, Heidi pets the kitty, me and my homie Jayme doing, um, what we do.
Next the camera pans over past  Judy and Joan, Pat and Joy, as Rebecca, Tracey, Janet, and Traci duck into the family room.
Then Jen and Amy watch as Annie hugs Anne Marie, Joy exclaimes disappointment with her camera, while Joan introduces herself.

While we were having fun in circle time, telling about our favorite summer vacation how we got started blogging, some other party-goers were partaking:
 

Or just hanging out:

Jen made these for everyone to take home with them...

....which were filled with all manner of goodies.  I might even say a plethora of goodness.  In fact I will say it.  There was  plethora of goodness in every tote. Ok fine, see for yourself:
 

A whole bag full 'o treasures from Joan at anything goes here....
 

From Judy at Intrique Designs...

Goodies sent in from other bloggers too....

Crocheted flower pin...

Soap from yours truly

Beautiful biz cards...

Needing no explanation:

I was lucky enough to win two raffles....the first was from Amy, and wowsa!!!
 

Let me just tease out some of that beauty for you:
  
  
  
 

 

And lookie what else I won!  A valentine glitter wand!
The talent and creativity in that room was incredible, and I was totally impressed with the kindness and generosity of each woman there.  Such beauty of heart in each one.  Can't wait for the next one!

Thanks again to Jen and Amy for pulling it all so perfectly together.  Y'all got some serious cottage instincts.

 

 

30 comments:

Tami said...

Sounds and looks like great fun...what wonderful treasure too!!

Joan@anythinggoeshere said...

Such nice pictures you took of the event. It was fun, wasn't it? It was so nice to meet you! I loved every minute of it! xo Joan

Marianne@Songbird said...

That looked like a fun and fabulous blog get together. Yeah the blogging world rocks.

Petite moi said...

Sounds like a perfect way to spend a free day! I loved the pics. I love the little totes Jen made. In fact I love everything in the pictures, hahaha
Erika ♥

Julie Johnson said...

Ooh what fun! Wish I were there...and I'm not too far out in Batavia! :)
Julie

ain't for city gals said...

Wow...looks like Christmas!

Jayme, The Coop Keeper said...

Oh girl, as usual, you did a FANTASTIC job blogging about the weekend. Mine pales in comparision. I didn't get ONE stinkin' picture of a PERSON! LOL....but, you putting deodorant on is now up on my site, so I'm thinkin' that makes up for it!

Traci said...

amazing job recapping the day. it was wonderful. i didn't want it to end. it was so nice meeting you. when i watched your little video i thought i had seen it before but then i realized no, it is just still that fresh in my mind. i keep going back there. can't wait to see you all again this summer. oh yeah, I LOVE MY SOAP!!! thank you so much.

The White Farmhouse said...

Looks like a great weekend. I would like to say I had just as much fun and loads of pampering too, but I can't. Pooh!

Mari said...

Thanks Cindy for including all the links to those precious ladies sites...I can now pretend we are all friends too. You all had such a wonderful time, I am so happy for you. Just wish I could be a part of all that blogging bliss too. You are one beautiful lady indeed, and I hope we get to meet someday...along with Jayme. You pictures are incredible.

fairfieldhouse said...

Cindy,

What a great time! Thanks for sharing with all of us too far away to attend.

Deborah

annie said...

Cindy- WELL DONE!
I brought my camera and left it in my purse...
This is another indication of why drawing-a-blank is good for moi.
I figured Joy had me covered with her honkin' camera.
I'm STILL a little giggly when I think about our time together.
I may just have to put that pj party together, but that would be another hour drive for you folks!
annie
p.s.
You could be a personal hygiene model!

Marla at Always Nesting said...

Ok, I'm always up for a get together and I sooo wish I loved closer and got an invite. Love the fun, love the gift bags, love the smiles and friendships formed.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Looks and sounds like everyone had a great time.

Richella said...

This looks like SO MUCH FUN. What a good idea! Wouldn't this be wonderful thing to do in different areas all over the country?

And you, girl, lucked out with the loot. Good for you! :)

Kate said...

Wow Cindy you really had fun!!!! I am so delighted that you shared all of this glory with us gals. I think the photos are incredible.

Enjoy Enjoy

Hugs Kate

Polly said...

Looks like a time was had by all! It is so nice to put faces with names! I just love all the loot you girls pulled together for each other! What comraderie and friendship!

Hugs,

Polly

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

Wow! How fun and what a great idea. Looks like you seriously scored.

P@nmyfreetime.blogspot.com said...

What an awesome time you gals had! I would so love to do this someday locally!

Jen Kershner said...

Now that looks like my kind of party! Why didn't I go? So sweet that you and Jayme got to play together!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh what a wonderful time you all had. I love it. Pat is one of my dearest friends in the whole world, and so glad she went and met all of you. Such great fun. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Marty

It' an Evolution said...

Oh your pictures turned out just wonderful!
Although we need to talk about my shot :)
It was so nice to meet you and hear all your wonderful stories. What an amazing world we live in!!!!
Looking forward to next meeting...take care of yourself.
Janet

Kim said...

This looks amazingly fun - I'm due for a fun girls' night out! So glad you had fun!

Donatella said...

THANK YOU!! for stopping by and becoming a follower1 looks like everyone had lots of fun and lots of good food.

Maddie said...

This looks like SUCH and awesome time! Between hanging out with your gal pals in Chicago, and getting pampered and spoiled by Jayme, sounds like you had a seriously marvelous Valentine's!

Love you mama!

Heidi said...

Oh Vicki, you are a stitch! Thanks for sharing our bloggy adventure! I had no idea we were being taped or I'd have done something much more exciting than "pet the kitty" LOL. Your soap smells marvelous, gonna put it in a drawer for a while before I use it! Glad to have met you, hope you IN girls come back for the summer fling!
:)Heidi

Ruth said...

It sounds like a beautiful time. So many pretty things. The bags are to die for. All those lovely treats. What a fun time.

Ruth

Jennifer Rizzo said...

Thanks CIndy! I am so glad you could come! The soap is soooo yummy and you were such a great guest!!! You are so much more wonderful in person!!!

Under the Willow said...

Great blog to visit! Nice pictures.

Anne Marie said...

your pictures are great! of the day

so nice to meet you - and your soap is smells so good!

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