Tuesday, August 04, 2009

~*Blogging for Bliss book release party*~


Welcome to the celebration!!
**Party update: This just in from Tara Frey...the book just went #1 in crafts on Amazon!!!! Which means we moved Miss Martha Stewart down as of 5::30 pm est! Horray for bloggers!!**Come on inside, grab a cupcake and enjoy all the guests we have with us today in honor of Tara Frey and her fantastic new book Blogging for Bliss! On the right sidebar is a list of all the blogs participating in the book release party. Be sure and take some time to pop on over to each and read about all the people that stay true to their heart and write and create authentically, sharing themselves with the world as they "blog for bliss."

In the book, Tara brings together "creative bloggers" of all types- art blogs, quilting blogs, sewing blogs, vintage ephemera blogs, and more. She empowers the newbie to give it a try and dig deep where "you'll find your voice, and learn how to connect with others around the world." Tara also goes through the nuts and bolts of how to create a blog, how to make it beautiful, how to get traffic to your little corner of the blog-o-sphere, and even the ever-important etiquette. The book also features over 50 inspiring blogs in a "Meet the Blogger" section at the end of each chapter. Be sure and leave a comment at the end of the post for a chance to win a copy of Blogging for Bliss!
As it says in my page in the book, my blogging story began an autumn day in Minnesota in 2005. My very first post states my intention of starting my blog as, "...a place to throw out thoughts, ideas and inspirations. This blog is an attempt to be more aware. To take in my life moment by moment. It's an online scrapbook of sorts; layers of images, text, pieces of this and that. This is my life. Welcome to it!" 788 posts later, this is still what I do and my reason for doing it. It has inspired me to write my own book, teach classes and go to countless art retreats connecting with online friends from around the world. Best of all, it helps me to appreciate each day and see the beauty in everything around me. Our author extraordinaire, Tara Frey, is joining us for a little meet-and-greet.

In the book, you mention you began your blog in 2004, how has your blog evolved over the years? What have you changed? What’s stayed the same?

My blog has evolved and grown with me over the years. It first was all about my store (at the time) and I would think too much before each post. Now I blog from the heart and the words flow easily from the keyboard. I now talk about everyday things, like family, friends, and little random thought bubbles.

How has your blog helped your business?

This one is easy...without my blog there would be no book deal.

Why did you decide to write a book about Blogging for Bliss? What did you learn during this process?

The book was sort of a take off of some of my columns that feature creative bloggers. We wanted to expand this idea, feature more bloggers, and also give helpful information, tips, tools and visual imagery to inspire readers.

I learned that creative women who blog are superheros. Not only are they wives and mothers, they are creating, then inspire us all by taking beautiful photos of the creation and giving instructions as well. They are fabulous and generous creatures.

What three things are necessary to have a great blog?

Large crisp photos, a great banner, and most importantly, be yourself. Always stay true to your own voice and the words and posts will flow easily.
Do you have a favorite blog post?

If you mean on my own blog, then I think it would have to be anything I've written to my husband, (who doesn't read the blog, ironically) Except he did read "The Bullet List" I wrote him.
Thanks, Tara!
Thanks so much for stopping by. Leave a comment if you'd like to be entered in the drawing to win a copy of the book. Anyone who stops by can enter. Be sure and post in the comments when you put your party post up on your blog . That way we can all visit the other bloggers participating and don't forget to get your picture taken on the way out!

195 comments:

Nerissa Alford said...

Hi Kari
Thanks for hosting the party! I've always loved your blog & was so inspired when I met you. (Way back when you did the Cabinet of Curiosities) Thank you for all your inspiration.

Here's my post:
http://creativerantsfromnerissa.blogspot.com/2009/08/why-i-blog-for-bliss.html

Looking forward to visiting some new blogs today!
Nerissa

shesleepswithseaglass said...

Kari,
You are a wonderful hostess and the cupcakes are not only GORGEOUS but yummy! :)
Thank you for hosting this party, how fun!
My party post is up:

http://shesleepswithseaglass.wordpress.com/2009/08/04/colorful-bliss

I'm headed to bed but tomorrow I look forward to playing on some new blog~turf!

Squeezes,
Bella

P.S. I'm excited about this book, it sounds wonderful! I ordered a copy for myself and one for my friend, Carrie :)

b. said...

Hey.. this is my first time at your blog and i'm loving it!!

Fun party, too!! thanks for inviting me! :o)

my post:
http://ohcali.blogspot.com/2009/08/sweet-bliss.html

My Vintage Treasures said...

I'm fairly new to Blogging, so thank you for the invitation!!! The cupcakes look YUMMY :)
Feel free to visit & shop with me at http://mvtreasures.blogspot.com/

debi @ life in my studio said...

Thanks for hosting this wonderful party! I can't wait to visit all of the blissful bloggers.

My post: www.lifeinmystudio.blogspot.com/2009/08/blogging-for-bliss.html

Lesley said...

http://lkailani.typepad.com/newbeginnings/2009/08/its-a-party.html.html

Please visit my blog..and leave a comment... Tara's book has really inspired an overhaul of my blog.

area rug cleaning Los Angeles said...

That’s a very interesting book. I can’t wait to grab a copy of that book.

Australian made fabric said...

Aw! Everything looks so perfect, the flower arrangement are gorgeous. The cupcakes look so delicious. And the party favors are fabulous!

Alison Gibbs said...

Kari great party.
Count me inf or the giveaway - I would so love the book.
Thanks for the scrumptious cupcakes
Alison

Carol said...

Oh yes I agree with you Kari, blogging has so many beautiful effects on our lifes. Your blog is sure one of the most inspiring and I congratulate you to your publication in Tara's book!
Thanks for hosting this party and for having me!
Best wishes from Germany sends you
Carola

KV Creative Designs said...

Hi,
I would love to win a copy of the book! Thank you so much for the opportunity!
Artful Blessings,
Kathryn

jenny holiday said...

Hey there you doll!! What a party!!! So so so FUN!! I am so honored to be part of such a fabulous publication/project! Tara is such a lovely person..inside and out!!

Cannot wait to get my hands on a copy!! What amazing company we are all in!!

Thanks so much for hosting this event!!

Have a GREAT day!!!

lots of love!!!!
Happy Blogging!!!
xoxo Jenny

Josephine Tale Peddler said...

Lovely post and some great inspiring food for thought (as well as cupcakes!) xx

vivian said...

sounds like a fun book! thanks for the chance to win a copy!
have a great day!
vivian

Diva Quilts said...

I've just blogged about this party - congrats to Tara on the publication of her book - and if I don't win this copy, I'm definitely buying it!

Holly said...

This books sounds just lovely! I would love to get my hands on a copy. :0)

Claudia said...

Thanks so much for hosting the party! I love reading your blog and sharing your creative journey. My post is up at www.mockingbirdhillcottage.blogspot.com. I'm on the sidebar.

Thanks, Kari!

Natasha Burns said...

Hi Kari,
Congratulations on being featured in the wonderful book!
THanks for hosting! I decided at the last minute to join in now, so here is my post:

http://natashaburns.blogspot.com/2009/08/bloging-for-bliss-party.html

I managed to get so caught up in writing this post, that I burned a big pot of minestrone I was cooking... oh the joys!

Natasha

Tutti Chic said...

What a wonderful party you are hosting for tara! I'm so happy to be a apart of it kari! I'm grabbing a cupcake on the way out! :) chris

themagickbox said...

I love the look of your blog, so colorful!! I've only started seriously blogging this past 16 months and I don't have enough to answer any of the questions Tara asked in the book but I love reading other people's blogs and being inspired by them. :)

Chris said...

Thanks for hosting the party - everything looks yummy. thanks so much for offering us the chance to win the book - I would love to read it. I posted about the party on my blog http://chrisaiton.blogspot.com/2009/08/blogging-for-bliss-party.html
so come over and see me!

Shell said...

I'm looking forward to visiting the other bloggers and read how they got started. This is going to be a fab party, Kari.

Hollie said...

I am amazed every day at what blogging as done for people in terms of friendship, support, and creativity. I never knew there were so many artistic people creating art in their everyday lives. It's wonderful to feel even remotely connected.

LyndaG said...

The recent discovery of quilt blogs in particular has opened my own creativity and enhanced my belief in the under-valued talents of women. Thank you for creating an experience that expands the belief and connection to even more women of wonder.

barbara burkard said...

oh what a fun way to start my day! I've been popping onto so many new eyecandy sweetness today...that my teeth are hurting.. (from the smiles...lol)

a HUGE CONGRATS!

HUGZ!

Sandy Shirley said...

Thanks for hosting this party. Please enter me in the giveaway to win a copy of the book! What fun!

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Hi Kari:
Thanks for such a fun party! I've posted about the party on my blog today and hope everyone will stop by and visit! I'll be stopping by to say "hi" to everyone else, too. It may take a while, so I hope they'll keep the ice tea cold until I get there!
Hugs,
Donna
http://www.brynwoodneedleworks.blogspot.com
or, if you don't get there today:
http://brynwoodneedleworks.blogspot.com/2009/08/welcome-to-blogging-for-bliss-party.html

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Hi Kari:
Thanks for such a fun party! I've posted about the party on my blog today and hope everyone will stop by and visit! I'll be stopping by to say "hi" to everyone else, too. It may take a while, so I hope they'll keep the ice tea cold until I get there!
Hugs,
Donna
http://www.brynwoodneedleworks.blogspot.com
or, if you don't get there today:
http://brynwoodneedleworks.blogspot.com/2009/08/welcome-to-blogging-for-bliss-party.html

Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

Hi Kari,
Thanks for hosting a great party. I'm looking forward to reading as many as I can! I'd like to also participate. Here is my post:
http://myhydrangeahome.blogspot.com/2009/08/blogging-for-bliss-party.html

Deb said...

Hi Kari
What a fun book release party! I always look forward to visiting "new" blogs :-)

Eliane Zimmermann said...

congrats! great idea to show more creative people how to blog! cheers from Ireland Eliane

Cathy said...

I haven't taken the plunge but I love reading blogs. It's my treat in the morning before I start my day!

Shabbyfufu said...

As everyone else has said, thanks for graciously hosting a party for our girl Tara. Wish I could have one of those cupcakes!

fromthepines said...

Kari,

I also met you back with cabinet of curiousities and now I am in year of color. I love seeing what you are up to next!
The book looks great and I would love to own one.

My post is up at
fromthepines.blogspot.com

Thanks!
Cheryl

.... said...

Hi Kari,
I always enjoy your blog, usually I am too shy to leave comments but wanted to say thanks. What a fun party and great book!
I am looking forward to visiting the other party guests, here's my post: http://exsomniumcolor.blogspot.com/2009/08/blogging-for-bliss-book-party.html
Kathleen

Nancy Elaine said...

I am on a diet, but the cupcakes are so tempting! I love new friends and parties. Thanks for being such a great host!!

www.ellaelaine.blogspot.com

lisazahnwrites said...

I love the book and have joined the party over at my own blog. I hope I win!

Looking forward to checking out all the other blogs participating. What a great idea!

Suzie Button said...

Hi Kari, Lovely post! I was excited to be part of your little celebration and I've posted my blissful blogging piece at my blog also! Have a Blissful Day! Suzie

Yvonne said...

Kari, What a great idea1 I enjoy your blog every day. Also "A Year of Color" has been great!

Yvonne Welty
A Indiana LIbrarian

Carrie Sommer said...

I've been anxiously awaiting this day! My blog post is up: http://sommerdesigns.typepad.com/sommer_designs/2009/08/blogging-for-bliss.html

I am honored to be among such wonderful and creative souls.

XO,
Carrie Sommer

andrea creates said...

Hi there- thanks for hosting the party and the chance to win the book that I can't wait to read!
I posted about Blogging for Bliss here:
http://andreacreates.blogspot.com/

Merci-Notes said...

Congratulations Kari!!!
I very much loved your interview here! Now I will have to check out Tara's book!
I see how much you have grown even in the short time I have known you! :)
:0 that is to say, that we all are growing, hopefully, and yours is a beautiful path :)

With Kindness andugs,
Mary

Joy at Cupids Charm said...

Hi Kari! Great party! You are a super host and blogger and coming to visit your site always puts a smile on my face. Thank you for hosting this party for Tara - my post it up and now I'll be on my way, cupcake in hand, to visit the other party bloggers. Have a beautiful day! ~ xo Joy

Pammy J said...

I'm new to your blog - and a new blogger as well! Love the cupcakes and all your wonderful creations! A shout-out to Judy over at Remnants of the Past (featured in the book) who brought me here!

RaisedInCotton said...

Hi Kari,

Thank You so much for hosting this lovely party for such a lovely book.

Blessings,
Carol
http://raisedincotton.typepad.com/raised_in_cotton/

Gypsy Mermaid said...

Hey chickadee!! Your blog is inspirational and I always look foward to your next post! I have posted my party on my blog! come by and visit me! big mermaid hugs

toodles-
sarah

Enter me into the drawing please.

Rhondi said...

Hi Kari
Congratulations for being in the book and thanks for hsoting this fabulous party! Here is my post:
http://rhondisrosecoloredglasses.blogspot.com/2009/08/blogging-for-bliss.html
Hugs, Rhondi

Aimee said...

I have been a blog reader for quite some time, but have recently decided to start my own. Of course, the creative side of me is causing this to take place later rather than sooner, but I'm working on it. Thanks for all the sunshine you deliver on yours.

Rosy Lady said...

Oh, I would love to win a copy of this book as it does not seem to be available in England yet. This is such an excellent idea, I definitely want to join in the celebrations. I'm off to my blog now to add my post, which you can find at http://rosylady.typepad.co.uk
x

lorelei said...

I'm very excited about this new book... especially for beginners to blogging... and that's me. Haven't quite made the "big leap" yet but soon...

Get Real Girl said...

I would love a copy of this book. It looks like a great one!

{ L } said...

I haven't heard of this book but I would love to read it! Congratulations for having your blog featured in it! Thank you for doing this book giveaway too.

Lana of Honeysuckle Lane said...

What a wonderful book! Thank you for the interview with Tara.
Please enter my name in the drawing.

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Oh! I've got to get this book! It sounds like it would make your heart sing! I loved the interview. Thanks for hosting this fun party! You're the best! Twyla

Michele said...

Hi Kari - thanks for hosting this wonderful party! Can't wait to get Tara's book...it's on my Christmas "want" list!

Hugs,
Michele

Erika Leigh said...

What a wonderful party! I am new to the bloggin world, and would absolutely love the book for all of its inspiration and ideas!

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Kari, thanks so much for hosting this party! Love the cupcakes, and you are always such a great hostess. Just woke up, but I know lots of people are up to three hours ahead of me, so I left my little French breads and Fruit tartlets out for them so they can help themselves!
xoxo Lidy

Diane said...

Great party ~ and prizes too! I'd love to win a copy of "Blogging for Bliss." I could use some suggestions for sprucing up my cyber space.

Ann said...

This is such a great idea and I love being introduced to all the new blogs. Thanks so much!

Ann
www.tayloraiden.blogspot.com

KarenHarveyCox said...

Hi Kari,
My post is up and ready. I see that I am already listed on your list of participants.

Thank you so much for hosting this wonderful event. I recently purchased Blogging for Bliss and I love it. I have started to teach people in my area how to blog after I set it up for them.

This book is a wonderful gift for the new blogger or a gift for someone who already is blogging for bliss.

Karen

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

We don't know where we have been, but we just found this blog! We wrote a post sometime ago about why we blog that we hope you would like to visit. You can find it here:

http://niceandeasyantiques.blogspot.com/2009/05/blog-yes-blogb-l-o-g.html

In the meantime we added you blog to our list of favorites so we will be following. Thank you for having us and enjoy the party!
Clara & Marcela

stefanie said...

thanks for hosting the party, i just started blogging a few months ago, i didn't know what it was or if i even wanted to do it, i am now glad i did, it is so nice to find other people who have such gorgeous ideas and blogs, i am off to go visit some of these blogs, thanks

Katie - My Paisley Apron said...

Thank you again for the chance to participate in this event! I'm so looking forward to getting this book and devouring it completely!

Katie

http://mypaisleyapron.blogspot.com

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Bliss is such a beautiful word and a wonderful state of being. So happy that is has been applied to the blogs that I read.
♥, Susan

Amy said...

How fun!!!

-Amy
(Crafting by Candlelight)

Annalise said...

Great party and this book looks so good! If I don't win, I'll have to go get it as I would like to start my own blog!

Nanci said...

Who doesn't love a party! I'm putting the party on my sidebar to let everyone know.
a great blog...

A Fanciful Life said...

What a fun party! You are a perfect hostess. What a great idea to celebrate - this really is a much needed book. I have to go to work now, but I'll be rejoining the party tonight!
Sharon :-)

Tammi said...
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Tammi said...

Thank you so much for hosting this party! I already have my copy of the book and I love it! I've covered the first few chapters and I refuse the read ahead!

I have posted my blogging for bliss post at VisionsOfVintage.blogspot.com

My blog is just getting started so please disregard my dust as I work to perfect it. I'm certain the book will help!! ;-)

Teresa Sheeley said...

Hi Kari!

Thanks so much for hosting a fun party!! So sweet of you!

Smiles,
Teresa
xo

www.teresaksheeley.typepad.com

Becca said...

Thanks Kari for hosting this. As always you are totally inspiring! I love those cupcakes. Thanks for the chance to win the book! Congrats on being featured in the book!
Here is my post-
http://beccalux.blogspot.com/2009/08/blogging-for-bliss.html

BlueRockGourds said...

Hello!
I am a newbie blogger and would love a copy of this book to get a good crafty jump start! Thank you! This is great stuff!
Wendy

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

I am so happy for Tara! Thanks for dedicating this day to her success! I am not on the list, but, look forward to visiting all the supportive people on it! Blessings dear one.

vintageindie said...

What a fun way to promote this lovely book. Thanks Kari for being our gracious host.

I've published my party post on Vintage Indie here:

http://vintageindie.typepad.com/vintage_indie/2009/08/its-a-party-a-blogging-for-bliss-party-.html

Thanks again,
Gabreial
http://vintageindiemag.com

Kelly L. said...

I love reading blogs everyday! What fun!

Elyse said...

greetings kari!

this is my very first visit to your blog and i am SWOONing. it's wonderful!

i didn't know about the party until now and hope to do lots of hopping around.

congrats on a great party!

xo

mowrose said...

Oh this is GOOD FUN!!!
Love the blogging world all of you have created~

Marsha

tabitha said...

so excited to see this community going to paper and on shelves! :) congrats on the book and cheers to all the joyful bloggers who make the www a brighter, spiffier place to be!

Krista said...

Just found your blog and I'm loving it! What a great day to find it too! The party is a great idea and I'm VERY excited to get my hands on this book! I'm a complete novice in the blogging world, so this is a great find! Looking forward to browsing thru your blog.
Thanks!

www.thejkcatesfamily.blogspot.com

Gabrielle said...

What a wonderful party, with amazing women!

Darlene said...

Kari:

Great party - I love the yummy cupcake images. Off to visit the other party blogs!

Kelli said...

Love your blog. FABU!

Beverly Dillow said...

Love your blog! I'll be back often, I'm sure. :)

Ms_Pea said...

I have been on the fence about starting a blog, and this wonderful sounding book may just push me a little more in that direction! (I'm just so overwhelmed on where to begin!) Fingers crossed...and could you send a few of those cupcakes my way?! YUM!!

Mary Anne Drury said...

What a fun party !!! AND a GREAT book !!! I just posted about it over on my blog .... please come one and all for a visit ! http://moonbeamsinajar.blogspot.com

LiLi M. said...

Hi Kari! Thanks for hosting this fun party and giving me the opportunity to party at the last moment! Great that we (I mean I of course ;-) have the opportunity to win the book. Thanks!

Frippery said...

http://fluffandfinery.blogspot.com/2009/08/blog-post.html
OK I was rushing. Thanks for hosting this party. I finished my post and am off to pick up my book. Woo hoo, I have been waiting for this one. Pam

Alison Gibbs said...

kari thank you for hosting such a fun event.
Alison

Mrs. Johnson's Crew said...

I'd love to be entered in your drawing to win the blissful blogging book. I can't wait to learn more about blogging.

Krousegirl said...

What a fun party. Thanks for gathering all the links for me. Thanks also for the book giveaway. Would be terrific win.
Jenny
Krousegirl2 at aol dot com

~~~ M ~~~ said...

What a wonderful party! No, really, I couldn't eat another cupcake. Seriously. I've had too many already. Well... ok... maybe one more. They sure are yummy! Sugar rush? What sugar rush?

LOL!

Thanks for hostessing this party! I have blogged about it!

http://dosomethingatonce.blogspot.com/2009/08/blogging-for-bliss.html

:-) Marilyn

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

I'm looking foward to visiting the other blogs that are joining in! I would love to be entered to win the book!

Zee said...

Hi Kari! You are a super great hostess and the party is awesome!
I am still writing my post and it will be ready this afternoon. See you later!
Xo,

susan said...

I'm only two posts into being a blogger myself, but I bought Tara's book before I wrote my first word. I referred to it when I had a couple of questions. My hope is that someday my blog will be as beautiful as hers, yours, and others that I follow. Thanks for hosting the party...cheese! :)

Bonafyde said...

Gasp! Squeal! I need this book and omg those cupcakes look soooo good!

aimee said...

super party! thanks for the invite :)
blessings,
aimee

Queue_t said...

Hi Kari,

your party is great, I love a good book and am looking forward to blogging about your party on my blog too.

I would love to win my own copy of the Blogging for Bliss! can't wait to take a blog tour later today.
Queue_t

This and That Creations said...

I ran across your blog today, I'm so impressed! It's empowering to see how many amazing, smart & talented woman we have her on our little planet! I've just begun and LOVE blogging...sometimes I want to post more than once per day and you know what? I do! My blog is http://thisandthatcreations.blogspot.com I will continue blissfully blogging here in Utah - Love, Christine

Daisy Cottage said...

Kari, you are the hostess with the mostess! Thank you for our beautiful party in honor of Tara's new book - so fun to share in the festivities with everyone!
Thank you so much!!

xo,
Kim

fourkidsmom said...

This really looks great. I would love to be able to blog more, be more creative but I do get lots and lots of ideas for my home from other blogs.

My post: www.fourkidsmom-adventureswiththebrowns.blogspot.com

Teresa

Lynn said...

Thank you for hosting this party to let us know about the book!
I had no idea it existed.
Want it Gonna go get it!

Monica said...

Your cupcakes look delicious -- a fun treat to have for a book release party. I have only been blogging for 10 months, and have enjoyed "meeting" so many people from all over. Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

Rachel said...

What a great idea to have a release party!

I looked for this book here in Canada and was told it 'wasn't available' then we went to San Francisco and I looked there and only then did I discover that it hadn't even been released yet. All that searching and still not book in hand. I'd so much LOVE to win this! Some of the bloggers are already on my 'must-read' list and the others I just can't wait to visit. ☺

Karen said...

Thanks so much for hosting the party. I am new to blogging and bought the book yesterday after my friend Debi recommended it to me. When I was searching for it at Barnes and Noble, they told me that it might be on a featured display. So....it's off and running.

aliaslaceygreen said...

What a wonderful blog! Love the colors, and all the little thoughts, think I could get lost here for a while!

nicky said...

As always you have the most beautiful pictures. It is truly a joy to read your blog. Thanks for sharing with all of us.

Barbara M said...

This was like getting invited to a wedding. Invitation came weeks ago and the build up is immense. Cupcakes are the cutest wedding cake ever and everybody dressed in their finest. Let the dancing begin.

So I can tell you that on top of being so beautiful it is incredibly useful. As this morning was my 2nd post to my blog. I used it as a text book last night at least 3 times. So I have 2 copies, one has notes and post-its all over it and the other is on the counter at my shop.

Have you signed a deal for book 2 yet (kind of like asking the bride when she plans on becoming a mom)?

Barbara

Junque Couture said...

Thanks for hosting the party. I loved visiting so many new blogs today!

Vicki Pink Pearl Girl said...

Kari,
Thanks for hosting this blogging for bliss party in honor of Tara's book.
The cupcakes were yummy (couldn't stop with just one) & I am off to check out the other party posts!
Please enter me in your book giveaway as I have not found Tara's book at my bookstore & look forward to reading it.

Christy said...

This is my first time at your blog. Love it! This book is definitely going on my reading list :)

Anonymous said...

Great idea! Thanks for the cupcake and the get-together. Can't wait to read the book.

Beverly said...

My e-mail address is bevae1@msn.com and should be attached to the Anonymous message previously.

Tara Frey said...

Hi Kari and creative bloggers! I just wanted to THANK everyone who participated, I am loving visiting each of your blogs and reading your posts.

I also want to thank you for helping the book go NUMBER 1 on Amazon in crafts category!! We knocked Martha right out of there as of 5:30pm. WHOO HOO

You all ROCK and thank you Kari, the hostess who planned it all. You are wonderful and gracious.

xo

Tara Frey

charlotte said...

thanks for bringing everyone together here, Kari ... finally got my post up! xoC

http://housewrenstudio.typepad.com/

Kim D. said...

Fun idea to have a blog party, I can't wait to see the new book. Those cupcakes look so yummy.

francine said...

Congrats on your new book. And I would like my name to be included for a chance to win a copy of the book! Thank you Francine

Cindy said...

I'm number 117! That's got to be the lucky number.


cindy-stitch-n-stuff.blogspot.com

Tutti Chic said...

kari~Thanks for hosting such a wonderful party!! I ate those cupcakes in my dreams today~xo chris

kimquiltz @ an oft traveled road said...

Blogging for bliss sounds great!

barbarasaintjacques said...

Hi - I placed the party posting on my blog this morning (Tues. 6:46 am).... looking forward to visitors. Would love the book! http://basia-spiritspace.blogspot.com/

Beautiful Living said...

I just bought my copy through Amazon and I can't wait to read it.

Bee Serendipitous said...

Hi Kari...thank you sooo much for hosting this wonderful party...I can see from the many many comments that you had a great turn out sooo far...I am so glad YOU are hosting this party because you are one of my main inspirations for blogging...and thank you Tara for writing such an inspirational book for all of us fellow blog"ettes"...well I'm off and clicking back to my blog and write my little story and they I'm off to visit the other bloggers who are attending..again thank you for hosting...have a honey of a day! may sweet things come your way! Grace & Peace 2 "U" Marlene aka QBeeC P.S. I too am having a give away on August 17th so please do stop by...

The Flying Bee said...

Hi!

Loving the party! Just wanted to say I am right in the middle of starting my blog. I ran out this morning and bought my copy. I have been reading all afternoon. It's fab! It is just what I needed to help me get started.

Thanks for being a great hostess!

Adrienne

Quilting with Pugs said...

I can't wait to read the book.

Cheril said...

Wonderful event! Hats off to the brilliant people that developed this!

SoozNooz said...

This is positively perfect timing for me. I am just starting to indulge and dive into the fabulous world of blogging. I am really enjoying the process.
Would love a copy of your book. I am off to Amazon now to order.
Hope the sales soar!
Will post a celebratory party post too.
Come and visit me at-
http://sooznooz-ajourneyoffloristry.blogspot.com

Angela said...

CHEESE!!!! LOL

Thanks for hosting this wonderful blogging bliss....

Jackie said...

This is just fantastic!! This book I think will be a must have for any blogger or blogging wannabe. Thanks for the wonderful post and sharing your stories with us. If I don't win, I will definitely buy, for sure!

Kristin said...

Thank you for the opportunity!Please enter me!

Beth Gales said...

I am so excited to see what I can learn from Tara. I just started a blog for my business and is fascinating and yet I have so much more to learn! For instance, I am not even sure I know how to link this to my blog but I will try! :)

Tressa said...

I just started a blog 2 days ago because of this book. It inspired me in so many ways. I'm thrilled to learn that I am not the only one who is a newbie blogger that seeks greatness.

Here's my post
http://fabriculture.blogspot.com/2009/08/blogging-for-bliss.html

Tami @ Lemon Tree Tales said...

Hi Kari,
I didn't get it posted until just now, but it's up now. What a fun party ... can't wait to check out everyone's posts. The book looks gorgeous.

http://www.lemontreetales.com/lemon_tree_tales/2009/08/blogging-for-bliss.html

Cheers!
Tami

andrea said...

What a fun party! I can't wait to get my hands on the book!

LindaSonia said...

Thanks for hosting the book party. Can't wait to thumb through it. LindaSonia (baddabinda@yahoo.com)

Suz said...

I have the book and am reading it in hopes that someday, I, too, can have a blog. This blogging world has brought so much to my life. I live with a chronic pain disorder and to have the world right at my fingertips makes it so much easier to bear.

Congratulations, Tara, and thank you, Kari, for honoring her in this way!

Suz
(Susan Reaney)

Recycled Rita said...

I would love to be entered in the party! thanks for hosting! karen...

Emily-Claire said...

Thank you so much for hosting the party! I have truly enjoyed looking through the blogs today. Take care and keep up the great work!

Here's my post:
http://eclaireart.blogspot.com/2009/08/blogging.html

Amy & Jeff said...

Fantastic! i just started a family blog and a separate one for my crafty endeavors, but i'm considering just combining it all into one blog. It's hard to have two blogs going on. Maybe your book will give me permission & ideas of ways to do that. Congratulations!

Pieceful Jane said...

This is great! Now I have some new blogs to check out(and some that will undoubtedly be added to my list of must reads). Thanks!

Sharla Gentile said...

I bought the book last week . . . it is amazing! So well-written and beautiful! Congratulations, Tara!

Celebrating Blogging for Bliss,

Sharla

susan said...

Thanks, again, for hosting the party. I commented earlier but forgot to express my interest in the giveaway. My party post is at:
http://aworkinprogress-susan.blogspot.com
Hope you'll stop by!
PS LOVE the cupcakes!

Rachel said...

Thanks for the party!! Just reading all the posts was inspirational and will keep me going! My post is up, and I am happy to have had some new visitors to www.rach-ology.blogspot.com I love having new folks visit!!

Rach

Sharon said...

I would love to win ... and learn to blog for bliss :-)

Paula LaMont said...

My daughter and I found so many wonderful blogs from this one book. It was worth the price. I feel so inpsired by your blog. thank you.

Here is my post www.foodartgarden.com

swell.life said...

Hi Kari! Looks like this party was a smash hit. And so excited to hear that the book hit #1!! Thanks for all you do to inspire women around the world.

swell.life said...

oops: my post

http://livingtheswelllife.blogspot.com/2009/08/reasons-why.html

Diane said...

Just found your blogs. Wow, those cupcakes look good! Loved Reading both Tara's and your blogs. The book sounds terrific....

Holly Tracy said...

love your book Tara, great job, glad Miss Martha Stewart is booted down a bit LOL

lori said...

what a fun blog party!! and what a great book to feature, can't wait to get a copy for myself!!!

i will have to do some more blog stops and visit more out there!! thanks for the inspiration...

lorip

rememberme-lorip.blogspot.com

a woman who is said...

Oh my gosh what a great little world there is here in blogdom. My first visit here, I have a lot of looking around to do. Thanks for hosting this great celebration.

suzanne said...

What a wonderful blog party. Can't wait to check out the blogs and will definitely have to put this book on my wishlist too!

b. said...

{Better Than Candy} says:

here's my link:
http://betterthancandybrandi.blogspot.com/

merryheart2 said...

Kari
thanks so much for doing this.
i still haven't visited all the blogs. i had so much fun. and YaY! for Tara and her success.
thanks again.
sandra

Veras hem said...

I REALLY want to look into that book! Hoping for luck :) ♥ ♥
Regards from Sweden

Stacy said...

Your book sounds like something I'd definitely like to read. I stumbled upon your site today by reading one of my favorite blogs I follow. I'm still new to the blogging world and enjoying it so much.

www.hanzelyclan.blogspot.com

buebau said...

Wow! The book looks amazing! And very useful for craft blogers.
On my way to amazon :)

Karla said...

Can't wait to read this book. I've not had time to keep up with my own blog since working full time for the past year or so, but I so enjoy the crafty/artsy blogs! Love the photography and the creativity.

ritad said...

What a great book for a new comer in this blog world..Looking forward to gettin my hands on it.
ritad

michele g. said...

Wow!! What a great idea for a book.

Thanks for sharing.

XOXO
M

koralee said...

wow...this book is a must have for us bloggers....I am so excited to have found your lovely blog...now I am off to meet some other inspiring bloggers...thanks so so much.

alisa logue said...

Way to go Tara and thanks Kari! I love both of your blogs! -Alisa

overthetopstudios said...

Hi Kari,
I am new to your blog but have always heard so much about you. This is so wonderful - congratulation! As Arnold would say "I will be back"

Amada

julie said...

Darn, I wish I had known about this, before just now. I do love your blog and your creations. Please enter me in the drawing for the book.....julie

Debbie said...

Thanks for being the hostess to this party. The book sounds wonderful! How I would like to win a copy of it. By the way, Your cupcakes look sooo good!

peggy gatto said...

I am joining the party! Just posted the info at
http://wwwmycoloringbook.blogspot.com/

Since it was my b-day party the 4th, I thought it would be fun to party on!
Thanks for making the arrangements!!!

Pretty Things said...

All those photos, the flowers, the cupcakes, the everything, is gorgeous!

GloJoeSews said...

Wow, I'd love to win a copy of the book. I've heard about it for a while now and am visiting some of the blogs that are in it. What fun! I'm at http://www.glojoesews.blogspot.com
Thanks!!!

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Oh my! I'm so sorry I missed the party!! There is so much to attend in Blogland..isn't it wonderful?! :0)

I will go check out the book for sure and that is so great about it going number 1 on Amazon!

Have a great day,
Stephanie

paperbird said...

Gorgeous photographs and you are a lovely host. The book is wonderful!

Debb said...

Hi, Thanks for the invite to the party!! I joined the party; although, I am a shrinking violet and am no where near as awesome as the bloggers I visit... you inspire me to be ... to be anything... thanks

You can visit my little ol' post at http://debbsdailies.blogspot.com/

MissZula said...

Hi, just found you early this morning as I'm drinking my first cup of coffee and sailing through beautiful blogs.

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Hi Kari! I found you via Kim at Daisy Cottage. Congrats on being featured in Blogging For Bliss! I am off today to get my book at Barnes and Noble - well, I pray it is there. I just did a post today on another subject, however I will post your party in two days.

my blog is: www.sweetcottagedreams.blogspot.com

Have a sweet day!

xx
becky

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Hi Kari~~ Here is my post on your giveaway and I am having one, too.

Here is the link:
http://sweetcottagedreams.blogspot.com/2009/08/its-giveaway-times-two.html

smiles,
becky

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What fun! I can't wait to get this book!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Hi, Great giveaway! Becky from Sweet cottage dreams sent me over :-) Please enter me in your giveaway. This looks like such a great book!

skoots1mom said...

WHAT FUN...WOULD LIKE TO READ THIS BOOK
PLS PUT ME IN 2!!
NICE TO MEET YOU...
I JUMPED OVER FROM SWEET COTTAGE DREAMS :)

Linda Crispell said...

I hope this lovely book comes signed by you Kari!!!! Pretty cool to be in print.
Your Pal,
Linda

My Shabby Roses said...

What a fun giveaway! Thanks so much!

Our Red House said...

I'd love to be included in this wonderful giveaway.

Kate

Catherine Holman said...

I would love to be entered in your giveaway! What a beautiful book.

Valerie said...

Can use all the inspiration I can get! Thanks for the great giveaway!

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Would love to be entered in the book giveaway - I have heard so much about this book!

Need to work on a post for why i blog- !

blessings
mary

Draffin Bears said...

I am new to your blog and glad that I have discovered it.
thank you for hosting the party and what fun!

The Blogging for Bliss book looks great and I am looking forward to seeing if I can order a copy.

Enjoy your weekend
Hugs
Carolyn

simplydelicious said...

I would love to win a copy of the book...I found Tara's blog a while ago by accident a LOVED it!

I can't wait to read her book!!

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

Please enter me. What a great book and give away...m..

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

Oh yes please! I'd love to win that book.

from our front porch... said...

Oh goodness, books are my weakness! Yes, enter me:)

Misha

white o'morn cottage said...

Count me in please!

MrsAshley said...

Thanks for the chance to win! This is my first time to your blog and I love it, very nice!

Ashley
Beauty4Moms.blogspot.com
MrsAshleyWalkup at gmail dot com

Jennifer said...

Oh those cupcakes look so good.I would love to enter your giveaway.
jennspetalpalace@aol.com

Thank you and have a great week.Hugs,Jen

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

I would LOVE to win a copy of this book! Thanks for entering my name.

Stay Cozy, Carrie

Lilly said...

This book looks really great!
Thanks a lot ^^

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Please enter me in your Blogging for Bliss book giveaway.
Looks and sounds like an awesome book to have.
Thank You!
Deb

http://garagesalegal.blogspot.com

bearscutes said...

Please enter me for sure!! I want to play too and join the blogging world to tell all my stories and show my fun projects This book should be just the ticket to get me started. I love your blog. Thanks so much for all the fun. You are a wonderful hostess!! bearscutes@gmail.com