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And, the winner is…

I went to random.org and did a random drawing for the Ashbury Lane giveaway.

The winner is the 7th entry which is from Serendipity!


Serendipity wrote:
I LOOOVE The Adelaide Skeleton Key. I am completely obsessed with all of these keys!!!

However…  I am trying to contact the entrant.  I have no email address (please always be sure to leave one on a comment, email it or that your comment links to one on your blog), so I have left messages on an old blog.   Hopefully she gets them!

If you are reading this, please shoot me over an email and I’ll get you set up!

If I do not hear back within 48 hours, I will do the drawing again.

Update 5/23/11:  She read the blog and contacted me.  All is well!  Congrats!

Migration Complete.

You are now on my new WordPress site!  Yay!

My last post on Blogspot involved a heard of zebras migrating… and now that we have completed our migration from Blogspot to WordPress, I am now showing a zebra laying down and resting.  Though I’m not quite resting yet, I feel a little like that zebra; like I’ve walked a million miles today.

I did take the time to write a full guide to how I went about my migration, the quotes I got, what company I chose and what all they did for me.  If you are interested, let me know as I am happy to send you a copy of the information.

Major Issues with my Blog!

Frazzled?  Yeah. (The photo below is from youth ministry days.  Fitting, I thought.  Though I look like a crazed lunatic… but… I kind of have been this morning.  Hope it doesn’t scare you away!)


I woke up to find that my entire blog had been removed by Blogger. Perhaps you noticed this too if you tried to get to my blog this morning. A few people emailed me wondering what was going on.

Yep, so when you went to my blog, there was nothing but a message saying it had been REMOVED by Blogger. Ironically, I had just read that this can happen with Blogger yesterday (falsely suspected of spam) and that is why it is important to have a self hosted site. Obviously it’s not only bad because you could lost posts and comments and have to start over, but your readers have no way of knowing where you started over! It just says it was removed.

Thank God, three or so hours later, it was back up. I have no idea what happened. There is NO easy way to contact google. I posted on forums and got no direct answers, just links to their policies.  So, had it not been reinstated, I would probably be out of luck, at least for a while and experienced even more frustration.

So, of course, this totally spooked me. I sprung into action… the best I could being non-technical. Not the way I intended to spend my day.

So far, I got my own domain name and email addy that matches. Yay. And, I got hosting through GoDaddy so I can put up a WordPress blog (so I can indeed self host) eventually and slowly get it working, while this one continues to run.  I have never played with WordPress. So it may be slow going, but, I may switch over one day. Does anyone like or prefer WordPress? I hope so!   If so, do you do the self hosting?  

It will take me a few weeks to figure it all out and get everything over there and looking right.  Gotta figure out how to transfer my general template over so the look is the same in both places… and my follower list… and so on.

Hopefully I can pull this off.  It’s all I knew to do to prevent this from happening again.  If you have input, I’m happy to hear!

Have you ever had your blog REMOVED?  Did you all know that this can happen on blogger and that it’s not that uncommon?   I didn’t… until yesterday… and then, well, I found out for real today!

Know of a Photographer in Phoenix?

My house photos just aren’t cutting it!  The color is always off, the lighting is off, the angles are not quite right. 

Anyone know of a local (Phoenix, AZ) great photographer who isn’t too expensive or who would even be willing to trade for design consultation or e-design?

I could use some professional photos of my home…  and maybe eventually of Chris and I (for those I prefer candid and artsy).

And, of course, if you have any photo taking tips for rooms, shoot them my way in email.




The photos above are from Kristen Duke Photography.  I couldn’t resist… they are so good.


E-Design Giveaway Winner

I put the 29 entries for the E-Design plan giveaway into Excel so that each one was numbered.  Then, I went to random.org and clicked generate.


The winner is the 16th entry!  And, that is Shelley from Crazy Wonderful.  

Shelley wrote:
Oooo this is great!!!
My living room for sure. It’s the first room you see when you enter our house, and I just can’t pull the look together. It’s driving me crazy!!!

Congrats, Shelley!   We’ll be in touch shortly.  Can’t wait to help!


Happy Easter!

Jesus.  He had no servants, yet they called him Master. Had no degree, yet they called him Teacher. Had no medicines, yet they called him Healer. He had no army, yet kings feared Him. He won no military battles, yet He conquered the world. He committed no crime, yet they crucified Him. He was buried in a tomb, yet He lives today.  -Author Unknown

He is risen! 

Thank you, Jesus, for your sacrifice for my sins.

Happy Easter!


Following Other Blogs

We all like to follow other blogs.  But does your feed look a little like mine?


I have 269 updates from the blogs that I follow that I have NOT read yet.  Eek. 

Maybe I should follow less blogs?  But they are all sooo good.  I tried to narrow it down some.

But, alas, I can’t keep up.  How do you do it?   

For Japan with Love: A Blogger’s Day of Silence

In response to the ongoing devastation in Japan, I won’t be posting today. I’m joining in on this:

Please join me in praying for Japan.