Cause for Celebration

Excuse me, may I have your attention please? I have a very important announcement to make. This is my 100th post!

Can you believe it? I feel like I just started Give Everybody Nice Sweaters yesterday, and now here we are, 100 posts in. When I made this blog one of my New Year's Resolutions, I told myself I needed to write at least 100 posts over the year. And I've reached that goal already and it's only August. Yay!

I've had several folks ask about the title of the blog, so I figured this is just as good a time as any to address that.

The title is a lyric from a song by Ingrid Michaelson.  I've been an Ingrid fan for almost two years now and it's one of her songs that Doc and I danced our first dance to at our wedding. It's not everyday that you find a love song that mentions rogaine and sewing on patches.  It was perfect for us.

So after finding her perfect love song, I started downloading more of her music and really fell in love.  The lyric on my blog header is from "You and I," now one of my all-time favorite songs. It's not uncommon for it to pop up on our iPod and for Doc and I to dance to it in the bathroom while brushing our teeth.  I love the tempo and upbeatness of it. And I really love the lyrics.

"Let's get rich and give everybody nice sweaters and teach them how to dance" is probably my favorite line.  I love sweaters. I love to dance. I would like to be rich. But most of all, I love the idea of the line.  Yes, let's do get rich (in that non-monetary way) and then let's share it with our friends by giving a hug or a smile or a warm meal or even a nice sweater. And then let's all be happy and enjoy life and dance together.  If everyone lived by the concept of this line, wouldn't life just be so much funner?

And yes, I know funner is not a real word.

So, that's the thought process behind GENS. And since I'm assuming that several of you have never heard the song (ahem, mom), I'm adding the music video here so you can give it a listen. Don't be surprised if it becomes one of your favorite songs too.


Fun song, right?

Now, where were we? Oh, right...100  posts!!

This calls for something fun! How should we celebrate?

Hey, how about a giveaway?

Yea? Are you in?

This is what I'm giving away. A wooden test tube vase, made by moi.

It's distressed white and has five test vases, each with a green stem painted on.

But if green stems aren't your thing, you can always turn it around and just have it solid white.

Unfortunately, the flowers aren't included.  You'll have to do that part on your own.

My favorite thing about this particular vase is that the piece of wood has a natural perfectly round circle in it.

I painted the inside of the circle green.

This vase can be yours if you're the lucky winner! To enter to win, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post. But don't just leave any ol' comment. This is your chance to give me feedback.  Tell me what you like about GENS. Tell me what your sick of reading about. Is there a cool tutorial you want me to try? Have you been wanting to ask me something? What do you want more or less of?

Some of you may be thinking this is just a ploy for me to get lots of comments. And to that I say, so what if it is? Reading your comments is the best part of having this blog. It makes me feel like I'm not just wasting my time. So tell me how you feel. Give it to me straight. I can handle it. (I think.)

One comment per person please. Although I don't blame you if you have your spouse leave a comment too to better your chances. I'll pick a random winner (by having Doc pull a number out of  a cup) on Sunday evening.

Ready, set, comment!