August...A Time To Celebrate!!!

Hello my friends!

Yeeehawww...I am C-E-L-E-B-R-A-T-I-N-G!!!

Celebrating what?...you ask. Well my friends...I am celebrating the one year anniversary of Happy To Design!!!

Yes...it was in August of 2008...this month, one year ago, that I started this blog and posted my very first blog post! This past year has been such an exciting journey for me! Blogging has been a tremendous experience...I have learned so much!!! My computer skills have definitely improved (Hehe!)...and I have gained so much knowledge in so many different areas of life! Not only has my humble little home been the beneficiary of the creative and talented ideas of my fellow bloggers but I myself...have been so enriched by the kindness...love...and support of you!!! I have met some of the dearest, sweetest, most generous...caring, funny people right here in Blogland!!! Yep...I'm talkin' bout' you!!! It has been such a pleasure to meet all of you!!!

Thank You...Thank You...Thank You...for sharing your ideas...your talents...your homes...and yourself with me!!! Today, I am a better person because of YOU!!!

Sooooo...in celebration of my one year anniversary...I would like to do a "Celebration Giveaway! It is just one little way that I hope to show my appreciation for your friendship and faithful following of this little blog!


Celebration Giveaway!!!

Celebration Giveaway

I love interior design books!!! Thanks to my dear friend Susan over at Between Naps On The Porch...I started my very own library! I have read many different interior design authors...and have been so inspired by all the beauty that unfolds on a page made of mere paper. Ohhhh....and there's nothing like curling up in my big ol' easy chair with a cup of coffee and enjoying a good design book!

I have several favorites...but one of my most favorite books is "The Art of Accessorizing" written by Christi Carter. I have learned so much about how to accessorize my home from this book! So I sent off for another copy of this book...just for my Celebration Giveaway. I am also including a second book called, "English Country" written by Julie Fowler. Ooooh...this is really a yummy book...just full of eye candy!

Book #1
"The Art of Accessorizing"
by Christi Carter

The Art of Accessorizing
Introduction: The Four-step process
Chapter One: Wall Decor - Lesson 1: Building a symmetrical wall arrangement. Lesson 2: Asymmetrical balance.
Chapter Two: Signature Accessories - Lesson 1: Building a tabletop display. Lesson 2: Beautiful bookshelves. Lesson 3: One coffee table four ways. Lesson 4: Accessorizing a kitchen hutch. Lesson 5: Before-and-after cabinet display. Lesson 6: Step-by-step shelf arranging.
Chapter Three: Flowers and Foliage - Lesson 1: Quick seasonal changes. Lesson 2: Dressing the dining table. Lesson 3: Before-and-after plantscaping.
Chapter Four: Ambience - Lesson 1: Decorating with lamplight. Lesson 2: The power of fragrance.
A few page excerpts for your viewing pleasure. Hehe!


I can guarantee that you will just love all 192pp. of this fabulous (hardcover) book!!! Just a note: this is the book that taught me how to put a vignette together!

Book #2
"English Country" by Julie Fowler


Amazon.com Review:
Suffused with warm honey tones, age-darkened woods, blue-and-white patterns, floral-print fabrics, and lots of fresh flowers, the rooms in this lovely book exude the elegant "crumble-down look" that is the hallmark of English country style. In four short but fairly informative chapters, the volume surveys exteriors and gardens, general living spaces, kitchens and dining rooms, and bedrooms and bathrooms. The actual text is extremely brief (just a page or so in each chapter summing up basic characteristics of each type of room or area), but extended captions for the attractive photos discuss all the specifics, many of which can easily be extrapolated to provide ideas for the reader's own home. --Amy Handy
I just love this book about English country...it is written and illustrated beautifully! I just know that you are going to enjoy all 96pp of this hardcover book!!!

Entering the "Celebration Giveaway"...
To enter this giveaway just leave a comment on this post! The giveaway will start today and end on Wednesday, August 26th. I will announce the winner on Thursday, August 27th!
I will count your comment as one entry...however, if you are a follower of Happy To Design or wish to become a follower...I will count that as a second entry! You can even earn a third entry point by posting my little "Celebration Giveaway" photo on your blog...telling about this giveaway!!! Okay...there you have it...you can gain up to 3 entries for this giveaway!
Just a little note: It would be really helpful to me...when counting all the giveaway entries...if you'll let me know in your comment if you're a follower or have become a follower...also if you have posted about this giveaway on your blog! Sheeeshhh...I'm gettin' old and it doesn't take much to confuse me!!! Hehe!!!
Speaking of getting old...I'm also celebrating my birthday today!!! WOW...a double blessing...celebrating my blog birthday and my birthday all on the same day!!!
Well my friends...as I'm counting the candles on my cake today...I'm also counting my blessings and you are one of them!!!
Love ya'll,


Unknown said...

A double whammi for you... happy bday and happy anniversary!!!

Cindy J. said...

Hello my dear sweet Chari! Congratulations..I can't believe it has been a year already.. I remeber so well when you started your blog. I have been having so much trouble with Google lately..I feel like it is RMS again, when we couldn't get on nor make a comment. Well, if I am really lucky this will go through, wonderful post today, I really enjoyed it and most of all Happy, Happy Birthday Sis! Love, Cindy

Unknown said...

PS - I've been a follower for quite a while ;).

Thanks so much for the lovely giveaway opportunity!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh Chari, double congratulations!!!!! Happy Birthday dear friend. I am so happy for you. What a great giveaway. I love decorating books and these two just seem like the best books ever. You do know that I am a follower and an admirer, and I really would love these books. lol Have a super day and special blessings. Hugs, Marty

Salmagundi said...

Happy Birthday and a super-duper blog anniversary to you!! And what a great giveaway you have put together for all of us. It has been MY pleasure getting to know you this past year. It's so much fun to visualize you right here in our beautiful state. We really need to make an effort to get together in person. Mary & I have enjoyed our face-to-face meetings, and I just know the three of us would have a joyous time together. Think about it!!! Sally

Carol said...

I'm a happy follower! Love this give-away!

Melissa Miller said...

Congrats Chari! ~Happy Birthday!

We all love you and your wonderful blog girl! Yippee! Yay!
Confetti thrown in the air for you!

I'm a loyal friend and follower
and I'll mention this in my next blog post. I would love to win the beautiful books! How nice of you.

~Blessings, ~Melissa :)

Donna said...

Those look like great books. Please add my name to the pot. I'm a follower.
Happy Anniversary and Birthday to you.


Theresa said...

Congratulations and Happy Birthday! I am a follower and will post about your giveaway! The books look marvelous and I would love to win:) Have a blessed day!

Carolyn said...

Hi Chari,
Congratulations and happy birthday!
I follow your blog and I will post your giveaway on my blog.
You have a great giveaway and a lovely blog!

Take care,

Carolyn said...
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Stacey said...

Congratulations Chari! A year passes by quickly when you have a wonderful new hobby, doesn't it? I really do enjoy your blog. Also, you always leave the sweetest comments!

August 28th is my blog anniversary. Need to get on that pretty quickly.

Kat said...

Congratulations! And Happy Birthday! What a wonderful way to celebrate. I've so enjoyed getting to know you recently. I'm a follower and would love the opportunity to win those beautiful books! Kathy

Sandra said...

Congratulations on one year! And happy birthday as well! I hope you day was full of happiness. :)
I am definitely a follower of your blog and love it!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY And HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to you my Dear friend Chari...have I told you yet today how much I do so love you to pieces...well I really do my friend... Did I do enough sucking up now ha ha!! Oh girl I want that one book on accessorzing...Oh if I don't win it I will order it from Amazon...I have to have that one...

And you know I have been a follower since day one...even when you would not post for a week I would come by each day and just say Hi...May you have a GREAT BD girl but I thought it was on the 20th,,,oh that's right here in the wonderful world of blogging every thinhs a day early ha ha!! Love ya sis...May you have yet another great fun filled Year...With ussell and blogland...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Happy Birthday my dear Chari!
Happy Bloggy Anniversary too!!
This give-away is just fabulous! I am a follower, you know that of course and of course I will post it on my blog as well. I need to suck up as good as Gloria, hehe, but it has been just wonderful getting to know you and I mean that from the bottom of my heart! My Birthday is next Monday on the 24th and I know we're about the same age, now how cool is that! Actually, I think I need those books more than Gloria. LOL. Again, Happy B-Day and Happy Bloggy Anniversary. Love ya, Cindy

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

Happy birthday & happy anniversary!!! Of course I am a follower. My birthday is on Friday. I am on vacation right now & playing dominos with my family. I'll check in with you later. But I to stop & wish you happy birthday & anniversary.

xinex said...

Hello Chari! Before I congratulate you, I want to wish you a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I hope you have a wonderful day and that you have lots and lots more to come.

Now, I can congratulate you on your year blog anniversary. Keep up the good work. I really enjoy reading your blog entries and love seeing all the pictures....Christine

Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

Gorgeous books! I would love to enter. Happy blog Anniversary and Happy Birthday!
PS-I'm a follower too!

Joyce said...

Happy Birthday & Anniversary. So glad you started to blog as so many people (including me) enjoy your posts:)

Blue Creek Home said...

Happy Birthday to you!!!
You have lots of reasons to celebrate.
I did a post about the give-away here: http://www.bluecreekhome.com/2009/08/give-away-happy-to-design.html and I am a follower.
Thanks for your precious comments.
Wish you could come sit on my porch with me!
Have a wonderful day! Rhonda

santamaker said...

Oh dear friend, Happy Anniversary! I've enjoyed your posts and have been a follower for many years ( actually one year...LOL) Your blog is always so pretty and full of charm. Like you!
I'll tell ya...there's no one out there that can write a comment as well as you. Whenever i get one from you, I feel like I'm receiving a big hug. You are a sweet and generous spirit. Love ya and oh...your header is outrageously GORGEOUS!

Barb said...

Chari, happy anniversary, you sweet thing! I am so honored to know you....I love and adore your precious daily attitude!

I am a follower and have posted your giveaway on my sidebar.

Happy Anniversary!!!!!

Hugs, Barb :-)

Anonymous said...

Good morning, Chari!

Congratulations on your One Year Anniversary! I've been blogging for a whole three weeks now, and you, dear Chari, inspire me to keep on going!!!

Have a wonderful day!

Love the Decor! said...

Absolutely love these books they would be a great addition to my collection. Happy anniversary to you!
I am a follower

Kathysue said...

congrats on one year , that is wonderful and you are getting better and better, love the new look of your blog, great job. hugs Kathysue

Katie said...

I've commented, I've followed, I've posted. Three points to me! Do I sound kinda a childish? Yeah, decorating kinda brings that out in me. Some people salivate over food, me its decorating. :)

Anita@Theycallmejammi said...

Oh....pick me, pick me....LOL. Great giveaway...Happy Birthday and congrats on your one year anniversary. Love your blog. I'm a follower and I'll post about your giveaway on my blog post later today.

Love the Decor! said...

Thank you for visiting my blog and for your very kind words. You made my day!! Looking forward to knowing you better through blogging.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hello darling, I'm finally getting a few minutes to swing in.. sure hope you haven't forgotten all about little ole me.. It has been a week... Congratulations darling.. where has the time gone.. you've been blogging for a full year already?? I'm so glad you took the plunge along with so many others.. your posts are always top of the line..
How sweet of you to have a give away and your choices are top of the line that's for sure.. girlfriend I don't have either one of these beautiful books.. oh they would work soooooooo well in my home if I happened to be the lucky winner... lol... so draw my name darling and these would be so loved... I hope things are well your way.. ours is an hour at a time more than ever.. I really look forward to and appreciate you stopping by and leaving such sweet comments... You always put a smile on my face... many many hugs my friend... ~lynne~

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Am I suppose to say I'm a follower as well?? Girl you know I would follow you anywhere.. you'd take such good care of me..lol

hugs ~lynne~

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Happy Birthday to you.. Happy Birthday to you.. Happy Birthday my friend... Happy Birthday to YOU> hugs ~lynne~

Yes, I sang that to you in a Lynn Anderson voice.. sure hope you enjoyed it... lol

Cindy said...

Ohhh! What a great giveaway! And I only found you last week! I am now a follower and I will put your giveaway on my blog on tomorrow's post. I would love to own those books, thank you for three chances. Hugs, Cindy S

WhisperWood Cottage said...


I am a happy follower!!


Sue said...

I'm a day late, but Happy B-Day!!! Congrats on your one year anniversary. Thanks for offering great goodies for your give-away! And I am a follower.
:-) sue

Toronto Girl said...

Congratulations and happy birthday. I hope you enjoy your day.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Happy Blogaversary! Can't wait to see what year 2 will bring!

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Wishing you a Happy Birthday and Happy 1 year Anniversary on your darling blog! Looks like you had some fun in your trailer! I have a 1957 Jewel vintage trailer! Nothing like camper in these sweeties!


Traci@ Beneath My Heart said...

Congratulations! I would love to be entered in the giveaway, and I am now a proud follower of your blog!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to you-

Happy Birthday to you-

Happy birthday sweet blogging friend-

happy birthday to you!

I had forgotten that our birthdays were close together! One of these days I am going to remember all this stuff and surprise you!

So glad you started your sweet blog last year- You have been one of my dear blogging friends!

Pray this coming year will bring lots more inspiration your way (so you can share it with us!) and God's richest blessing of knowing Him more deeply!

Love you friend!

Oh in case you don't know I am a follower!!! hee hee

also blogged about it of course!

Sharing with Sherri said...

Hi Chari!

Happy Birthday/ blogiversary!!!
I know what you mean about curling up with a good decorating book ...so relaxing!
These books you're giving away look wonderful! Please count me in! Of course I'm a follower and I'll post your giveaway button on my blog!

Thanks girlfriend!!

P.S. Your camping trip looked wonderful, you really got some great shots of the scenery!!

Kim said...

Happy Anniversary! and Happy Birthday too!!

Your giveaway looks wonderful. I'd be happy to have you come over and enter mine as well.

deborah said...

Happy Birthday and annniversary to you. What a lovely way to celebrate; by giving gifts to others. Clever and sweet. What beautiful books to drool over while reading and relaxing. I would love to add to my small collection! Thanks

Jaybird said...

Happy Anniversary and a belated happy birthday. You share the day with my sweet granddaughter who turned 7 on the 19th!
Blessings to you in BOTH new years!

Melissa Miller said...

Yes! Chari I bought the plate at Kirklands too. It was $6.99.
Gosh what would I do without Kirklands in this little bitty ole' town.
We don't have much else for fun shopping. We had a really great local home decor' store here called the "Pottery" but it closed recently due to the economy.
I really miss it...:(

Thanks for your sweetness my friend! :)

Dawn said...

Hey there, Chari! It's nice to meet you! Thank you for stopping my the cottage to say hello.

I'm going to look around your blog a bit. I'm enjoying what I see so far!

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

count me in...also, please come by and wish twiz a happy birthday. One year, don't they go by fast...

Unknown said...

Happy Birthday and Anniversary too!! Oh, Happy Day!!

9405018--Pat said...

I've been a follower for a while now......thanks for sharring....Pat H

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Chari, I hope you had the best birthday ever.... thinking about you...hugs ~lynne~

Sarah said...

Happy Birthday and Happy Blog Anniversary, Chari!

I'd love to be entered into your Anniversary Give Away. I've just added myself as a follower and will also post your lovely button on my blog:


Yesterday for TT I toasted Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch in honor of her Blog Anniversary! I'd love you to stop over for a visit. Susan has been an amazing friend to me and always an inspiration.

Sonia said...

Congratulations Chari,

You are such a sweet and wonderful blogger and I'm so glad to have found your blog...you have been a source of encouragement and inspiration to me as a new blogger! Happy Birthday and I hope your day is so special! Happy Anniversary to your blog! Miss Bloomers

Terry said...

Howdy Chari
Oh my gosh those are such fabuloous books.
What a simply fabulous giveaway .
You are just so sweet.
Oh Yeah Back to the Congratulations Chari :)
Happy Birthday ,Happy Anniversary the best of the best to you !
What a thrill it is to celebrate special moments .
I am just so happy to be here blogger and I have been having issues off and on for the past three months.
Sometimes a comment goes thru and somedays not at all.
So I am crossing my fingers that this one gets to you so you know how very happy I am for you .
Blessings to you today and everyday .
Big big hugs
Happy Trails

Barbara said...

Chari, Congrats on your first year anniversary. I hope it has been a great year for you and I can see you have made many friends. Blogging is wonderful. Also Happy Belated Birthday.

Great giveaway.


Lori said...

Happy late birthday my dear friend!!!

I have to win one of those books... I need help!!!

You know i'm a follower!!
Congrats on your one year anniversary!!!

Vicki said...

Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary!
So glad to be a follower! Love all your ideas.
The decorating books are lovely...would love to get my hands on one of them!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Wow, Chari! Congrats on your blogaversary! I am so impressed! And I would be honored if you would include me in your wonderful giveaway! I saw the photo of the blue and white plates on the yellow wall and was sold! lol Happy weekend!...hugs..Debbie
PS...and yes, I am a follower!

janet said...

Congratulations to you on your B.D. and one year anniversary and many more. Please enter me in the sweet giveaway!

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Happy Anniversary, Chari! Those books are beautiful. I am a happy follower and I just posted about your give-away on my Sunday Favorite!
Thanks so much for your lovely blog!


Blondie's Journal said...

Happy Birthday and Blog Anniversary, Chari!! What a lovely and generous giveaway! If I don't win, I think I will look these books up anyway. I am doing my kitchen at the lake in English Country!!

Of course I am a follower!! Your blog is fabulous and so are you!

Happy Sunday, my friend!!


{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Happy, Happy, Happy! Wishing you the bestest B-day and blogaversary too, little Miss Sweetie Pie!

Please give me a chance in the hat to win this beautiful giveaway. I'm CRAZY about coffee table books!


Dawn Gahan said...

Please count me in on these lovely books!



Vintage To Chic said...

please add me to your list and I will follow your beautiful blog. Come over and join my give away.

Susan (Between Naps On The Porch.net) said...

Chari...Happy Blogoversary, Girlfriend! What a great Give-a-Way! I have the English Country book and do love it. I don't have the Art of Accessorizing one...I'll have to look for that one on good ole Amazon. :-)
Can you believe we've been blogging for a whole year? Wow...did it go by fast! I know you must feel the same way. Thanks for bringing us so much enjoyment each day via your beautiful blog and sweet spirit!

Anonymous said...

Your blog is so beautiful. I have
just recently found it and that is
due to Susan at BNOTP. I am a follower now and the books are just the thing I love. Thanks for
your inspiring ideas as well.

Barbara Jean said...


1 year celebration!!

Great books for the giveaway.

Please enter my name.
Barbara Jean

Laura said...

Happy Blog Anniversary and Happy Birthday. Woohoo!

The books look amazing- please sign me up!


Karen said...

Wow! I guess I made it home from vacation just in the nick of time! I almost missed your giveaway!
Happy Anniversary! Mine will be in January . . . hmmmmmmm ... need to think of something fun like you have.
Yup, I've followed you for . . . a long time.
So please enter me! Those books look yummy!
HAGE! Karen - Some Days Are Diamonds

Vicci @theplaidbasket said...

Happy birthday and blogoversary! You share my daughters birthday! Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such sweet comments.
Your tablescapes are beautiful...love your new beachy dishes! I'm soon to be a follower of yours and if I can figure out how, I'll be adding you message to my page. Thank you again for the welcome, wishing you a joyfilled week! Vicci

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Chari, I love your new button - it's beautiful, and your blog looks so pretty. It's hard to believe it has been a year. I remember you saying that setting up the blog was easy, so I was encouraged to try it a couple of months later, and it took me almost 24 hours just to get it set up! One person's easy is another person's headache! You have been such an inspiration and an encouragement to me, and to so many others in Blogville. You are such a blessing to so many, and I am so glad to have found you at RMS and so glad to have followed you here. laurie

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hello to all my friends!!!

I really just wanted to leave a note to thank all of you for coming and helping me celebrate the one year anniversary of Happy To Design!!! I have been overwhelmed by your sweet notes and well wishes...they mean so much to me!!! Thank you!!!


There have been a few of you that have visited that have left me such sweet well wishes...and you are even followers of Happy To Design but you don't have a blog! I am hoping that you'll come back to check the comments on this post...so I can thank you!!! I sure do appreciate each of you!!! Thank you so very much!!!

I love ya'll,

Elizabeth said...

Congratulations!! Your blog is so beautiful.

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