Keep Smiling

Keep Smiling

Saturday, January 13, 2018


What all my followers know about me 
is that I love blogging.  
It has been that sisterhood of everyday friends 
that I lost when I retired.
There are times when retirement 
can seem a little lonely.
 Steve's still working 
and although I get out a lot with friends,
 there are stretches of days 
when my blogging sisters 
are my only daytime companions.  
Well, except for my little mutt Butchy. :)
He is a lot of company.
 I feel blessed to have this blog 
and all my lovely sisters.
That is why I am celebrating my 6 years
of blogging with this Give-A-Way.
Hold on . . .
enjoy the photos of some of my banner making,
as I tell you about the Give-A-Way and how to enter.
I also love the way blogging sisters come together 
from every corner of the globe 
to help each other and to share their lives.

 I've found that it doesn't matter if you are
 in the States, the UK, Norway, Australia,
 Chili, or Africa . . . 
we all share a bond of sisterhood.  
We all have similar interests, 
we all love our families, 
we all want to create a home 
that is comfortable and pleasing.

Our similarities far 
out number our differences. 

And that makes me smile :)  

I started this Give-A-way last week.
but if you leave another comment here . . .
you'll have your name in the hat twice.

All you have to do to enter is:
Be a follower on
 "My Delightful Follower's List"
  (you can find it just under my profile in the sidebar) 
Leave a comment.

The prize will be a $25 dollar 
gift certificate to shop at
That's it!
Drawing will be made and posted 
Saturday January 20th.

Keep Smiling!
Connie :)


  1. Connie, I love your banners. I also like to have them around my home, it's just an added touch of coziness! Congrats on your 6 year blogging anniversary!!

  2. What a wonderful much I want to take a look at. I looked back far enough to see your wonderful flannel quilts and you and your hubby's gorgeous Christmas photo, and I was hooked. :~)

  3. I love all your banners and I have one. The second one down after the hold on picture is hanging in my craft room. You are one of the most talented people I know and I always enjoy stopping by here to see what you've been up to

  4. Love your banners, Connie! Such a great variety too! I've often thought of making a banner, especially to celebrate birthdays, but it's far down on my list...will I live that long? I am a Delightful Follower and happy to be considered a blogging sister of yours!

  5. My favorite of the banners is the denim one but the are all lovely.

  6. Hi Connie,
    First thank you for visiting me and leaving such a sweet comment, I am so glad you stopped by for a visit. I would love to be entered in your giveaway. You have been very busy and these banners are wonderful. They are fun to make and so easy to customize for special events. I love all of your different styles!!! I agree, we all have so very much in common! Have a wonderful weekend, xx LInda

  7. You are such a dear heart, Connie. I won't sign up because I honestly don't need another thing. LOL I am trying to downsize and figure out what to keep and what to let go. I hope someone wins that can use it for something special for herself. Blessings and love to you and congrats on 6 years. You are so right- we are all sisters of the heart. xo Dana

  8. Congratulations on your six years of blogging! I feel the same way about blogging friends. Best friends I've ever had! I love all the banners!! You are so sweet Connie!

  9. Your banners are just amazing, Connie.

    It's great to be part of a big, world wide blogging family. xx

  10. I love your banners. I made one with hearts and I need to get it on display! Thanks for a chance to win your giveaway. I love Amazon for books! Enjoy your weekend! Sweet hugs, Diane

  11. I haven't been by for awhile, but I've found you again. I just signed up to follow you as Laura Lane.
    God bless you!
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottag

  12. I love your banners! Do you hang them for each holiday or month? I have made a couple, but you've inspired me to make a couple more... I think I'll make a heart banner for Valentine's Day. Thanks for the inspiration!

  13. Your banners are lovely. I have plans to make one for our house, too, but don't know when I'll get to it. So many projects, so little time.

  14. Just found you on another blog list. I'm your newest follower.

  15. Your banners are adorable! I really love the one made with jean pockets. I've used those pockets in my crafting for many years but never thought of them in a banner. Your craft barn has given me inspiration for my retirement!

  16. Hi Connie, Your banners are adorable! How do you ever think up all the different ones! I still have the one you gave me and plan to put it up this spring! Love the heart ones. You share so many ideas. I have so many things I want to make that I will never get them all done if I live to be a hundred! Your right about blogging friends. They help the days to not be so lonely. Thank you for your generosity and congratulations to whoever wins! My husband and I together make up a half a person at our age! LOL Nancy

  17. Such beautiful banners, I may have a go at making one once the craft room is complete. A very generous giveaway.

  18. I love the banners! I need to do something like that!

    Grace & Peace,

  19. Your banners are the sweetest things! You've given me some new ideas and I thank your for that.

  20. I love all your cute banners.
    Thanks so much for giving us another chance to win your generous giveaway.
    I am thankful your hubby got a good report on his kidneys. Cranberries, as you said, are so good and so good for you.

  21. I enjoyed the parade of banners! They are precious..My favorite one is the burlap one. Ilke the flour sack one too...Heck I like them all!
    Thanks for the chance to win some Amazon.

  22. I love banners and you have some super cute ones here!!


  23. I already entered on the previous post, so this makes twice. Thank you for the chance to win.

  24. Wow Connie, you have a great selection of banners and all different from each other, such fun and lovely designs! I agree, my blog friends are such great supportive ladies, I am thankful for :)

  25. Connie, you are such a sweetheart! I feel the same way about the sisterhood of blogging. It certainly is a wonderful community!

  26. Lovely banners and loads of fun. Enjoy your give away!

  27. I was hoping to win one of your cute banners!
    I completely agree about quilters online!! It brings a lot of joy to me as well. Happy blogaversary!

  28. Hey girlie :-) Loving all the pennants you've made, super cute! I've been trying to find a "word" for the year, I like the "Hold On" plus the photo... it has been a weird past few months... and "holding on" is basically what I've been doing! lol

  29. Been reading back through your blog. Wow, you create some beautiful stuff. You are inspiration, even to brother bloggers. :-)

  30. How cute and creative Connie! Banners are such a darling way to brighten up little spaces! Enjoy your crafting!!

  31. Well how nice that you are having a give away! I already am a follower and I wish you lived closer! Because I would help you with granny squares and you could help me with bunting! I need one in a certain spot and I have been putting off making it! Yours are beautiful! Not only that, but I get lonely too. My Shug works afternoons so I have long evenings. Everyone else is with their families during this time of day. We could sit on the porch and drink tea and crochet and make bunting!!!


  32. Happy blogging anniversary Connie! I love all of your banners. You are one talented lady!

  33. I love your banners, especially the one with jean material. What a nice give-away too.

  34. Hello Connie, I am now one of your new followers! Thank you for coming by my blog and saying HI! I loved your visit there. Blessings and Hugs!!!

  35. I sort of thought it might be one of those super cute banners! But, the gift certificate would be great too. I'll be posting about your giveaway to help spread the word and hope you're ok with my using a picture or two to announce your giveaway. I know just what you mean about retirement being lonely sometimes. We are far away from our daughters and families due to elderly parents we need to stay near. The sandwich generation sucks!

  36. Love those banners! I agree with you about the wonderful friendships available to us through blogging. I love my blog friends! Thanks for the give-away!

  37. Hello Connie. I'm back and it's great to see you again. I've missed this great community and seeing all your lovely posts xx

  38. Very cute banners! I too enjoy blogging and find new friends via blogs.

  39. That's so sweet of you! I love the idea of a contest, and you are right, the blogging community is a special one. Cheers!

  40. Beautiful words, and wonderful crafts!

  41. Hi Sister! I've popped in several times but never formally followed. Congratulations on your 6 years and continuing wonderful words and crafts.

  42. Hello pretty lady! I'm so sorry I have been absent lately. I sure have missed visiting with you. All your banners are precious and I am so happy to own one of your beautiful creations. :) I trust you and your dear hubby had a lovely Christmas. I'm sure you have been having lots of snow as well. We have had some very cold weather for Florida. This morning it was 22 degrees! Oh my...I'm ready to move to the tropics. LOL! I hope you have a delightful Friday. Hugs to you my friend.

    Blessings, Vicky

  43. Hi Connie! I see I am a follower already as well and like you need to visit more often. :) I love my blogging sisters as well; they are a sweet community of like-minded ladies who are kind and generous. Congrats on 6 years of blogging. Have a wonderful weekend!

  44. I came over to congratulate you on your 6th blogging anniversary...from nookworm's connections more.

    Congratulations on all the years of 'sisterhood'

  45. following, i plan to get more crafty this year and love looking through your posts!

  46. Your bunting is very pretty, such imaginative designs! Thanks for stopping by at mine, it is good to meet you, too. And yes, if I ever learn how to avoid eyelash quilting, I'll let you know straightaway.

  47. Six years, congratulations! I always love seeing what you have to share...and banners are my favorite!

  48. I'm following you too.... always love your posts.. your banners are so pretty and I keep meaning to make one but never do. Oh I'm so behind these days!Can't seem to get caught up with myself and my brain! So far January is speeding by with too much "busy-ness" on my part. Haven't slowed down enough to smell the frosty air outside....... a big truck down by La Pine where my sister lives, slid on ice and tipped over and dumped out hundreds of boxes of wonderful big apples from Washington.. so she snagged two boxes and gave me one, so I need to make applesauce.. and my computer has been on the blink.... and I've been trying to finish up some things for Etsy shop... and then had them all ready to go and my computer died and I was going to try to use my tablet but that's too much of a hassle..... just too many things piling up.. and my Christmas decorations are still up! Oh me oh my. Thank you for the give-away and chance to win. A person can ALWAYS use an Amazon gift card! They are wonderful! Hugs.. Marilyn

  49. Congratulations on 6 years. All of those buntings are just so adorable!