Wednesday, August 21, 2013

One Year Anniversary at 20 North Ora

I cannot believe that it has been one year today that I started my blog 20 North Ora.
You all have seen me doing all kinds of things.....

learning to make vignettes....
doing crafty things....
decorating my home....
making all kinds of wreaths....
showing off my Saturday Treasures....
the pain of losing this precious child....
the joy of this gift from God....
Miss Begonia....
being published in Romantic Homes....
becoming acquainted with my darling Bella....
and doing crazy things like zip lining in Alaska.
What a year it has been!
I could have never imagined making so many new friends - real, true friends that I know I will have for a long time.
I thank you all for your support and your prayers while John goes thru this cancer process.  A day seldom goes by that someone doesn't comment that they are praying for us and that means the world to us both.  Thank you.
So, thanks for the memories!!
Now for the giveaway!
I am giving away three gift cards to my Etsy shop:
1)  $50.00 credit
2)  $25.00 credit
3)  $25.00 credit
So, you have three chances to win anything you select out of my Etsy shop.
To enter, just comment each day starting today - Wednesday, 8/21/2013 - continuing thru Saturday, 8/24/2013.  I will draw the winners and announce them on Sunday morning.
You may comment as many times as you like each day.  If you would like to, you can go to and leave a comment about what you would like out of my shop. If you just want to say hello, that's fine too! 
I would love it if you followed me but you don't have to to enter, OK?
Thanks again for a great first year!!
Till next time, Judy


  1. How fun to look back a year later.

    In January had my 1 year anniversary and I looked back at the previous year to see what I accomplished.

    I think that I am productive because I blog.

    I love all the projects your featured and I am so sorry for the loss of your little one. You have such an upbeat attitude and didn't even mention the health issues you suffered.

    People follow you to see what you are up to, but I think more for the personality that pops through.

  2. You've definitely had an eventful year. And I know what you mean about making friends...they help bring you through the good times AND the hard times. What a difference you've made in my life, my friend. It's nice to have praying friends that you can call on at any time. Thanks for the fun...wishing you more Happy Blogging!!!! Sweet Southern Hugs, Diane

  3. One year? Judy I feel like you've been around so much longer because I've seen your pretties at Cherry Hill Cottage for so long. You are very talented. :)

    My dad is also going through chemo right now. I'll be including your hubby in my prayers.

  4. I thought that you've been here much longer too! Thanks for welcoming us into your life - sharing the good and the sad.

    Here's to many more years to come as our friendship continues to bloom!


  5. Happy blog-o-versary!
    You really have gone through a lot this year. So sorry for the sadness, but happy for the happiness. Prayers to your John!
    I'm going to check out your etsy shop now.

  6. You have given us so much inspiration in many subjects, I thought it had been longer than a year.

    I have visited your Etsy shop before, and will be stopping by right after this to see what's new there.

    Happy blog-o-versary; and here's to many more inspired years of blogging!

    Susie @ Persimmon Moon Cottage

  7. Congratulations on your 1 year blog. You were one of my first followers, encouraging me on with my posts.
    Yes, you have had a year good and bad, but I hope the good will continue on for you. You and John are in my daily prayers and that will get you through.
    So my dear blogger friend please continue your wonderful posts.
    I can't over how much Bella looks like my Lili - they would be twins.
    Please have a terrific week.

  8. Dear Judy, thank you for your visit today. As I read your post my heart sank when I read about your loss and smiled for your blessing. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

    It sounds like you've had one heck of a year!!! I look forward to more visits!


  9. Congrat's on one year! It has certainly been a year of highs and lows for you~ one high I could never do is that zip line! Yikes!! I'm happy I found your blog~ I love your vignettes and all that red in the first photo had me drooling on my keyboard! :-o Have a happy day!

  10. It has been quite a year for you too. You've gone through illnesses in the family, sewed for your shop, decorated homes, traveled, and been there for me somehow too. (Where do you find the time?)

  11. Judy, What a year you have had.My sympathy for your loss. God was good to give you more joy with the little addition. I think you must have always had the collecting, displaying, crafting talents...well before you ever started blogging :):) Congrats on your first year. xoxo, Susie
    p,s, Korey is my grandson and Ashley is his fiancee. thanks for the wishes.

  12. Wow - what a year. Seems it never stops. I'm glad you are here and I love your blog - now I'm going back to your etsy shop - so much fun over there.

  13. What a year this has been; both sad and happy for all of us!Congrats on the one year blogoversity, as one writer coined this phrase earlier. We have been praying for you and John ever since we heard your need; prayers really do help.Going now to your Etsy shop to see what's new!

  14. Dear Judy,

    Thank you so much for visiting me at my blog.

    Your blog is precious.

    I am so sorry about your loss. May God be a comfort to you and your family.

    Many Blessings!


  15. Congratulations to you, Judy, on your blog anniversary! And what a very momentous year for you. I hope that the next year will bring you happiness and fulfillment.

  16. Happy Happy Blog Birthday Mrs. Judy!! I have enjoyed getting to know you and can't wait to read a thousand more post from you. ((hugs))

  17. Congratulations on your one year blog anniversary. It looks like you've accomplished a lot. So sorry for your loss. Dealing with cancer is a such a challenge- I pray for the best for your John and all of your family because cancer affects everyone.

  18. Happy Anniversary, dear friend! Your blog is such a delight and I count as one of the luckiest things that ever happened to me getting to know you. Blessings to you. Don't enter me in the giveaway - I will let someone else enjoy your wonderful Etsy shop!


  19. Congrats on hitting the one year mark:)

  20. Congrats on your 1 year anniversary. I love the Vintage Lace and Linen Hanging Organizer.

  21. What a year it has been for you, Judy and John. Happy 1 year Anniversary with your blog. You've done a great job.
    John and you and in my prayers for total healing for John. I went through radiation, chemo and surgery thirteen years ago. I know it's not easy.
    Best wishes for both of you now and always.
    Hugs, Charlotte in Virginia

  22. Congratulations for this 1st year, I hope there are many more years to follow.

  23. Congratulations on your first blog anniversary! I thought you had been blogging for much longer! What a lot you have done over the year too! You are amazing with all you do and all the people you care for, Judy. Thank you for such a generous giveaway.
    Wishing you a great week.
    Helen x

  24. Happy
    I never knew what a "vignette" was until I started blogging!LOL
    It's some community!
    I hope there will be some fabric pumpkins in your etsy shop, as I would love to win one!
    Thank you for having a giveaway to celebrate!

  25. Congratulations on your blogging anniversary Judy -- and yes, we will continue to pray for John, and for you as you support & encourage him! xo

  26. Judy it has been quite a year! I am so glad you started blogging. You are one of my fav's for sure. Your upbeat approach to life lifts me up!! You know I love your pillows, but I've been 'yearning' for that little red pottery usa planter you have in your shop. I love it! I'll be back with more comments.
    Congrats on your first year of blogging!


  27. I am sending along my thoughts and prayers for your husband as he goes through his treatment.

    Happy Blog Anniversary!


  28. Congratulations on your journey of blogging for a year. Being able to connect with like-minded creative souls is a gift. Having friends and prayers when we need them is priceless. Blessings dear...

  29. I have been following your blog for almost a year but not quite. I enjoy so much seeing your "finds" each week. Keep up your sweet blog!

  30. What a fabulous year it has been for you, Judy. Both John and you are on my daily devotional list. Wishing you the best, and congrats on the first blogaversary. xo

  31. Oh, Judy- What a time of it you have had in the last year. I didn't find you in the beginning but I am so glad I did. You are so real- and I love REAL. I am praying for your hubby-after having been through cancer with my own John. You are a strong woman and you will weather this storm, too. Blessings to you- xo Diana

  32. oh-ps- Judy, Don't sign me up for the giveaway- I have won several things already this year and want someone else to have the joy of winning! xo Diana

  33. Judy, you have had a very full year and I feel so blessed to get your blog. Congratulations on all you have accomplished during this year. I continue to keep you and John in my prayers and look forward to seeing your blog and your great ideas and even just knowing how you are doing. Blessings.

  34. In your etsy shop I love the Christmas handkerchief pillow as well as the bunny. I must be thinking holidays. I have often admired all the pillows in your shop and also hearted your shop long ago. Blessings.

  35. Judy, your blogging style is so easy to read that I always thought you had been blogging much longer than 1 year. I have been following for quite some time, and I love you blog. I am lifting you and John up in prayer. Thank you for this most generous giveaway.

  36. Congratulations on your blog anniversary. I have only just met you, but I really do enjoy getting to know the people behind the blogs. We are lucky in this age, to connect with people we might never otherwise have known.

  37. Hey Judy and John; Many Congrats in your first year of this Wonderful Blog.
    What a Wonderful Giveaway!!!
    Many Prayers are sent your way Daily. Take Care you two!!! :-)

  38. You are so talented Judy!!!! Everytime that I look at your shop, my Heart goes pitter-patter!!!!
    You make the most amazing, Beautiful things!!!!! :-)

  39. Hi Judy - congratulations!!!! It feels like so much more than a year. It was great getting to you and I consider you a good friend. XO Julie

  40. Judy - You have such a wonderful blog, beautiful pictures, positive energy, unique crafts/art with helpful how-to's, and I love the pictures you share of your flea market/thrifting fun.

  41. How sweet of you to give us a present on your blog's birthday! I haven't followed from the beginning but I'm glad I found your little corner of blog land.

  42. Today I'm thinking of all the wonderful things you do for others! You and John have made such a difference ub Brenda's life and I know she thanks God for you daily. Your sweet gifts are always a wonderful surprise. You are such a giving and loving lady. I am so blessed to call you friend!

  43. I can't believe it's "only" been a year since you started blogging! It seems like you've been doing this for a lot longer. I'm so glad I've gotten to know you through your blog. Thanks for being so generous with this giveaway for your etsy shop. xoxo

  44. I so enjoy reading your blog. You are so creative and inspiring. Also, I just love Miss Begonia!
    Happy Anniversary, Judy!

  45. Congrats on your anniversary! It's fun to look back at the highlights of your blog. I know things are not going as well as you would like right now in your life because of your husband's illness, but I have great faith that everything will turn out ok. Hopefully, this time next year, it will all be but a memory.

  46. You said we can comment each day for the contest, so here I am again. Love your blog and your blog seems like it has been around for a lot more than one year.

  47. I looked in your shop and see some of the prettiest pillows that would work with my nautical decor! You make so many pretty things!

  48. Goodness I love that red truck with the salts! It's such a unique photo. I'm new and I'm loving what I see! I'm sorry for your loss this year.

  49. Hello,
    Yay! Best to you in the next year.
    I love your shop.
    I would have to pick out the Bright and Cheerful Watermelon pillow. :-)

  50. I love checking out your shop! I love the pillows I've bought from you and always dream of getting more of your creations! I think I would buy those cute wooden spools or that adorable Snowman muffin tin! The holdiays will be here before we know it.

  51. Has it been a YEAR already!!????Time seems to slip by so quickly! God Bless you, dear friend, and God Bless your family and little Landen as well. I know your heart all too well. Love you tons and congrats on your first bloggy anniversary! You rock!




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