A Busy Blogaversary

WooHoo!  It’s my Blogaversary!  Well, it was actually yesterday….hmm, since it’s past midnight, I guess it was actually two days ago on the 29th.  I meant to post yesterday, but there’s been lots of busywork around here.  It’s nice to have time off of work to be able to catch up on some of the things that need to be done around the house.  We were lucky this morning and managed to check off a big to-do without even trying.  Some young men from Colorado knocked on the door and offered to trim our poor broken paper bark birch tree that was damaged in the ice storm last week.  Here’s the before and during shots:

Broken Birch Broken Birch

I didn’t think that poor tree would look normal again, as two big branches had been snapped off.  I think the tree trimmers did a great job.  They have a company in Denver but they said, in the wintertime, business dries up in Denver so they spend the season chasing ice storms.  We’d been talking about having that tree trimmed for the last year or two, so we felt like we got a two-for-one job.

After the tree-trimming, I spent the afternoon with TheManoftheHouse helping him to clean his office at work.  It was FIL-thy!   I think his paper hoarding could rival the fabric hoarding in my sewing room.  All the dust gave me a headache, but I’m glad that nasty job is over too.

When we returned from work, we tried a new recipe that TheManoftheHouse picked up a few weeks ago from a sample table at Sam’s Club.  Cranberry Turkey Crescent Pinwheels.

Cranberry RollUps

They’re a great way to use up Thanksgiving/Christmas leftovers and we really liked them.  Just take a can of Pillsbury Refrigerated Crescent Rolls, unroll the dough, and separate into rectangles (two triangles together).  Press the seam together to make a uniform rectangle.  You’ll have four rectangles.  Spread about 2 tbsp. of cream cheese on each rectangle.  Cover cream cheese with some thinly sliced turkey and then spread some cranberry sauce on top of the turkey.  (The original recipe called for dried cranberries, so if you don’t have leftover fresh cranberry sauce, you could use those.)  Roll up the rectangle from a short side and press the seam to seal.  Cut each roll into 5 or 6 slices and place cut side down on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Cranberry RollUps

Bake for 14 to 16 minutes or until light golden brown.  Serve Warm.  TheManoftheHouse gets tired of all of our usual leftover suspects, but he really enjoyed these!

Now for the blogaversary. Can you believe it’s been TWO years??? I can hardly believe it! This last year has been really amazing for me blog-wise, and it goes without saying that the absolute highlight was making the trip to Scotland and cat-sitting for Isabelle.Cupcake Bunny Meeting the fabulous Life family was so exciting and it would never have happened without our blogs.  Like I mentioned to Isabelle the other day, every time I read her blog it’s like a gift that reminds me of our wonderful trip.

I’ve also had the fun of meeting Cami, Melly, Lucy, Gail, Abi, Sharon and Carol.  (And I certainly hope I didn’t forget anyone!)   All such clever, creative women.  And then there are all of you, my imaginary friends.  I’m terribly addicted to all of your blogs and everything that I learn from them.  There’s so much inspiration out there it’s just mind-boggling.

Thank you, thank you for all the time you take to visit my little blog and leave me such nice and thoughtful comments.  I can’t imagine blogging without the two-way conversation that comments provide.  Now, if you’ve been here for at least a year, you know that a blogaversary means a bunny giveaway.  If you’re interested in a chance to win Mr. Cupcake Bunny Pincushion, just leave a comment by, oh, let’s say, midnight (ThimbleannaLand time), Wednesday, January 7th and I’ll draw a winner on Thursday, January 8th.

In the meantime, my very best wishes to you for a Very Happy, Safe, and Healthy New Year!!!


112 Thoughts on “A Busy Blogaversary

  1. Hey, I’m up late maybe I can be the first congratulations on your 2nd blogiversary!!! I LOVE you blog and all of your gorgeous pictures and projects, etc. etc. You INSPIRE me111 Have a great day!! Hugs, KIM

  2. I was in such a hurry to be the first comment that I couldn’t spell anything right or get my punctuation correct. Oh, Well! *smiles* Have a Happy New Year and another great year of blogging!

  3. Congratulations on 2 years! that’s great….have a Happy New Year too! the turkey crescent rolls look good. We didn’t make a turkey at Christmas this year…come to think of it…we had YOUR recipe for refrigerator lasange…I needed something simple this year. It was perfect.

  4. Happy 2nd blogaversary, bit scary how quickly the year has rolled around ! So glad they were able to sve your tree, it looks great.

  5. Happy blogaversary; I do love reading your blog; so cheery and friendly. Have a great new year – and yes, I would love that gorgeous bunny to come and live with me!

  6. I can’t believe it’s your second blogaversary! Here’s to another great year in Thimbleanna Land!
    Happy New Year!

  7. Thanks for your visit dear Anna! A Happy New Year, full of health, happiness, inspiration and love!

    Happy 2 years blogging!! Love your bunny!!

  8. Anna
    Happy Blogaversary and Happy New Year. I’ve loved my visits here and our conversations.

  9. Happy, Happy Blogiversary to you! It sure was fun meeting you in Chicago…Wow, this year has flown by. That recipe sounds just yummy…I’m going to have to give it a try…how can you go wrong with crescent rolls and cream cheese. Please put me in the drawing for that cut Thimbleanna pin cushion…I have lusted after them since the very first time you posted the little darlings. LOL!

  10. Happy Blogaversary and Happy New Year!

    I think it takes another blogger to “get” the blo-friend relationship (my hubby definitely doesn’t get it) just like it takes another sewer to understand the desire to fabric stash!

  11. Happy Blogaversary! I’m definitely going to give that recipe a try but we had Christmas at my son’s place so it will have to wait. I have done similar with ham, cheese and pizza sauce. I hope I can win this bunny to match the one I already have!

  12. Dear Anna,

    I only started blogging this past year, and I must say that it was a pleasure to come across your site. Happy Anniversary and many happy returns! I’d love to win that adorable Mr. Cupcake Bunny pincushion! Happy New Year.


  13. Congratulations on your 2 year blogversary!! We have really enjoyed all your inspiring and creative posts over the past year. Look forward to more from Thimbleanna in 2009! Have a great year.

  14. Wow congratulations on two years – I don’t think I’m far off myself – goodness!
    I wish you and yours the very best for a wonderful 2009.

  15. Mr. Bunny told me he wants to stay in Indiana… :-)
    Happy Blogaversary!

  16. Darlene B on December 31, 2008 at 10:02 am said:

    I just love reading your blog! Thanks for all the tips, recipes, etc. Wishing you a wonderful, happy, and healthy new year!

  17. Happy Blogaversary, Anna! Pick me! Pick me! He’s adorable and would look even better on my sewing table!

    Happy New Year!
    Jen :)

  18. Lynn Jones on December 31, 2008 at 10:10 am said:

    Happy blogoversary!! I admire you girls who are so consistently full of fun and creativity. Your bunny pincushion is adorable, and I loved the post about gingerbread houses. I hope 2009 is full of fun and wonder for you.

  19. Happy Blogaversary Anna! I’m so happy to have found your blog and I look forward to every post! Happy New Year and another Happy Year of Blogging!

  20. Happy Blogaversary, Thimbleanna! Your cranberry pinwheels look delicious. Your bunny pincushion is adorable! I’ve really enjoyed visiting your blog and your comments on mine! Here’s to many more in 2009! Happy New Year to you and yours! :)

  21. A Very Happy 2nd Blogaversary, Anna. Looking forward to another year of adventures in ThimbleannaLand.

    And A Happy New Year, too!

  22. Happy New Year and Happy 2 years of blogging!

  23. Happy Blogaversary and a very Happy New Year Anna!

  24. Congrats on 2 years! I love reading your blog and seeing the inspiring pictures and projects!

    TTFN…and Happy New Year!

  25. Anna, The same goes for me, I just enjoy reading your blog! You are inspirational, funny, and creative. I am drooling over the picture of your turkey roll ups. Must be getting close to lunch time! I am looking forward to another great year of posts from you. My next post will be 100 so don’t forget to pop by, fun stuff happening. Congrats on your 2 years. Have happy and properous New Year!

  26. Happy Anniversary to ya Miss Thimble!! It was so very exciting to get to see you again this year. Here’s hoping for another visit soon.
    Happy New Year!!!!!

  27. Congrats on the Blogaversary! Very exciting stuff. That recipe looks great! I might need to go get me some crescent dough, today.

  28. Happy new year and new blog year. I must admit I’m addicted to yours!!!

  29. Mary Jane Smith on December 31, 2008 at 1:30 pm said:

    Happy Blogaversary!!! I so enjoy your blog, Anna! You are so very talented and I love when your Bunnies have adventures!!! Mr. Cupcake Bunny is ADORABLE!!!! Happy New Year to you and your family!

    Mary Jane

  30. Happy blogiversary. I have a long way to go to get the followers that you have. Love your blog and your sense of humor! The recipe looks yummy. Might have to try that one. Happy New Year.

  31. I’ve always thought it funny how, with blogs, instead of receiving gifts for a special occasion, bloggers give them. ;o)

    But, far be it from me to complain against the chance to give such a sweet bunny a home! lol Count me in.

    Happy New Year, Anna!

  32. Happy Blogaversary Anna! TWO YEARS? WOW!!!!!

    Looking forward to reading all your lovely, funny and inspiring stories in 2009!

    lots of love, Lucy xxx

  33. Congratulations Anna, it’s been fun joining you on your journey this past year and a bit. I look forward to your creative posts in the New Year.

  34. Happy second blogaversary. I am glad I found your blog, I really enjoy reading it!

  35. two years! Happy blogiversary! Your tree looks much happier now :) and those pinwheels look delish!

  36. Anna: Happy Bligiversary. You’ve met many wonderful friends because you are a wonderful friend back to many!!! Those cranberry turkey rolls look awesome.

  37. Happy Blogaversary!!!!! And YES I want a bunny of my very own so put me in the draw! I love your blog Anna and I look forward to reading it in the coming year :)

  38. Congratulations, Anna! I’m so glad you’re here in the blog world, I enjoy visiting you! Best wishes for the new year…

  39. Goodness Gracious! You’re giving away a cupcake bunny! I must win. ;o) The crescent roll recipe! Awesome! Thank You. I was looking around for a few things for our New Years Eve get together tonight. We all bring snackies and goodies. This will be perfect. Thanks! Happy Blogaversary! Have loved getting to know you this past year. ooxx`jodi

  40. Happy Blogaversay and Happy New Year, Anna!:) I just love your blog so much. Keep posting…


  41. I would have left a comment anyway – but since you threw in a bunny to tempt all of us – I really have to leave one! I truly enjoy your blog. (I’m not sucking up here, okay???) It’s always so uplifting and fully of crafty ideas. Thanks for encouraging me to hang in there with mine. Have a wonderful and joyous New Year! Kristy

  42. awww that bunny is very very handsome and would look happier if he was residing in sunny australia!
    those cranberry pinwheels doodads look yummo.. we dont have ‘pilsbury dough’ here, but I get the drift..

    take care


  43. Pam A fr NY on December 31, 2008 at 7:18 pm said:

    Congrats on the Blogaversary!!! You have a great blog of fun things…please enter me in the giveaway…Happy New Year!

  44. Happy New Year Anna! and Happy Blogaversary! I started reading your blog a little over a year ago and it has provided such wonderful inspiration to me. There are many projects I have made that were inspired by your blog. I also enjoy your beautiful photography! Have a wonderful 2009 and I hope maybe someday we can meet up when you are in NJ!

  45. Happy Blog Anniversary and Happy New Year’s! I love the rolls!

  46. Happy Blogaversary!

  47. That cupcake bunny has my drool all over it… you might as well just mail it to me now. Just sayin’.

    I can’t wait till you can spend some time playing with Melly and me again. I was thinking we could have a day of waldorf-dolly goodness this next time. They have mohair ‘hair’, so that’s yarn related, and they can’t go nekked, so cute dresses in cupcakey fabric should be warranted. We’ll flesh out the details later.

    p.s. you need to rethink the hooky-thing for June. I hear there’s a kick-ass sail up the peninsula, with dinner on the boat overlooking some big, snow-capped mountain, or some such thing. we’ll keep a seat for you, though a cardboard effigy might have to be employed. *pout*

  48. Oh My! A terrific-sounding new cranberry recipe AND a chance to win Mr. Bunny Pincushion. What could be better? Happy Blogaversary!


  49. Hi Anna, wow, those guys did a great job with your tree! It really looks great and I’m sure its a lot happier now! Congratulations on your 2nd blog anniversary, reading your blog is certainly a bright spot in my day whenever I pop over!

  50. HI Anna,
    Happy Blog Anniversary- I know that I always enjoy reading about your adventures –
    I read Kim from Kim’s big quilting adventure today and she was talking about working with another Kim and names- It made me think about visiting your blog for the first time and seeing the list of Anna blogs.. Is it still on your blog?
    I hope that you continue to blog for many years to come…
    Your bunny pin cushion is too cute too..
    I hope 2009 brings you many wonderful things.
    Regards from the former Anna No Blog :D)

  51. Happy Blogiversary. Your bunny pincushion is so cute! Happy New Year.

  52. Happy Blogiversary! Glad to hear the guys fixed your tree up – it’s looking good! The turkey snacks def do sound like a good use of leftovers and they look tasty, too!

    Your cupcake bunny is super adorable!

    :) Diana

  53. happy 2 years of blogging!!!

  54. Come here little bunny. I won’t hurt you with nasty pins. I will put you in a place of honor and whisper sweet nothings in your long lovely ears. Really, I will.

    Happy Blogiversary, Anna!


  55. Hi Anna. Congratulations on your two year blogoversary. I’ve just celebrated one year … there’s a giveaway on my blog too. I’ve met quite a few bloggers in person too … fantastic. Mr Cupcake Bunny Pincushion is so cute … I’d be happy to give him a new home.
    Happy New Year.

  56. I always read, I always comment, I never win. I guess that odds are I will win eventually, but you may have to start having daily giveaways! So glad you’re still here two years later!

  57. Congrats on the blogaversary!! I have so enjoyed “meeting” you and appreciate all your kind comments on my blog. Since we live so close I’m hoping one day to be a real blog friend instead of imaginary. I love your little bunnies and so many of your other projects. I have several of them on my “to do” list. Happy New Year to you and yours!!

  58. Happy Blogiversary and New Year to you, dear Clarice! I’m so grateful for the blessing of your blogging. You and your blog are delightful.

  59. i need to look. i think my blogoversary may be the same as yours! proud to be on that list of crafty mavens. i feel exactly the same as you about the friends i’ve met through the blogging/crafty world.
    happy blogoversary and happy new year too.

  60. Blogaversary is such a great word! Congratulations!

    Haven’t ben reading your blog many weeks but looking forward to your entries for the coming year

    Happy New Year – blogging & otherwise
    Chris x

  61. Jewels on January 1, 2009 at 12:09 pm said:

    Anna, I can not believe it has been two years! Wow, always love to read your Blog. Congrats. Love it and U!

  62. Happy blogaversary and New Year. My it be blessed. Clarice

  63. Happy New Year Anna to you and all the other thimbles. Wishing you a wonderful, healthy and peaceful year. Congrats too on your blogaversary and I’m sure I remember you saying some time that the next giveaway was mine, better go and check those emails ….
    Take care, enjoy the last few days of the holidays

  64. Congrats on another year of a GREAT blog. The turkey crescent rolls look yummy. We didn’t have turkey but i can always pick some up at the deli.
    To a healthy and wise year!

  65. Congratulations! Blogland just wouldn’t be the same without you. We’re glad you’re here and writing and sharing!

    Hugs and kisses,

  66. Linda Hanson on January 1, 2009 at 7:53 pm said:

    Happy New Year and Happy Blogaversary!!It was a year ago at this time that I first found your wonderful blog. I remember thinking, what a magical world you created! And reading your blog is still a soothing, inspiring escape. I hope you keep it up for a long, long time!

  67. Happy Blogaversary and Happy New Year Anna! Your blog and links are an inspiration to me and keep me on the computer way too long…..

  68. I love Mr. Cupcake Bunny Pincushion!! Happy blogaversary and New Year!! You have a delightful blog that always cheers me up.

  69. yayyy happy blogaversary to you.
    those cranberry turkey rolls look amazing.

    happy new year!!!

  70. Congratulations on your 2 yeaar anniversary. Cranberry is not my favourite thing but those rolls do look delicious enough to try.

  71. Happy Blogiversary Anna!! I’ve enjoyed reading your blog so much over the past year or so. And isn’t it wonderful to have a record of your years? Blogland is a better place because of you!

    Happy New Year!

  72. Happy blogaversary! And happy new year! Is there a pattern for Cupcake Bunny? Enjoy your blog.

  73. Denise on January 2, 2009 at 12:08 pm said:

    Happy Blogaversary! Thank you for the recipe and the chance to win that gorgeous Cupcake Bunny.
    Happy New Year!

  74. Happy Anniversary and Happy New Year Ms. Thimbleanna. I would love to start the new year out with a cute bunny.

  75. Boy those look yummy! Congrats on your Blogaversary! That cupcake bunny would sure have a nice home with me and buddy!

  76. Dianne on January 2, 2009 at 8:11 pm said:

    Blogaversary, year two. Congratulations!

    I enjoy and appreicate the time you spend writing this blog.

    Happy New Year


  77. Please do count me in for the giveaway of the pincushion – so adorable. Congratulations on two years of blogging. Its been great getting to know you through our blogs and following along on your life adventures in quilting, cooking, decorating and just plain living.

  78. Woohoo!! Congratulations on two years of fabulous blogging – here’s to many more :-)


  79. HAPPY 2nd YEAR BLOGAVERSARY, ANNA!!!!! I feel like I’ve known you for much longer than that, but it’s only been a year and a half. I love that we’re friends in BlogLand and hope to meet someday in RealLand! I have always coveted your sweet, sweet bunnies, and if I’m ever lucky enough to receive one, I hope it decides to multiply! How I would LOVE to have them all over my house!!

  80. Wishing you a joy-filled 2009.

  81. Well, I don’t know if I dare add myself to the contestants when I already own a Thimbleanna quilt, but…

    Here I am! I couldn’t possibly stick pins in her, but if I ever had a grandchild, she could go in its room…

  82. HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY Blogversary Ms. Thimbleanna – you’ve shared so much with us stalkers over time and I thank you for that. Thanks also for another recipe to add to my hips/recipe box, LOL. Looks DEE-LISH

    Hugs – Mrs. Farmhouse

  83. That 2 years just flew by didn’t it??? Happy Blogversary. Blogging has been an awesome experience and I can’t say enough about the wonderful friendships being made.
    I hope that cupcake bunny will bounce over to my house.

  84. Happy Blogaversary Miss Thimble. I have so enjoyed visiting your blog and receiving lots of inspiration from you. Thank YOU! My little Grandangel would probably love that sweet cupcake bunny! Put my name in the hat, please.


  85. Happy Blogaversary Thimbleanna! Any chance to win that little fellow is wonderful!

  86. Congratulations on your Blogaversary!!
    I have really enjoyed your blog. It makes me laugh out loud sometimes! :):):)
    Well, seeing as this is comment #86, I understand the reality of my chances of winning that adorable little bunny are slim, but I will be keeping my fingers crossed!
    Happy day-

  87. Congrats on the blogiversary and Happy New Year! I’m very glad you’re writing and I’m reading; you always make me laugh, or make me hungry, or both – those pinwheels look yummy!

  88. Happy Blogaversary, Anna! For me, two years seems like such a short time–I feel like I’ve known you longer! Congratulations and I’m glad that you’re in the blogosphere. It’s a much happier place with you here. XO

  89. Who wouldn’t jump at the chance to win such a cute bunny – and such a useful fellow too.
    Happy New Year and Happy Blogaversary too!

  90. Oh good, I made it in time! I wouldn’t want to miss a chance at one of your famous bunnies!

    Anna, I am so glad you started blogging. Your blog is lovely and funny and inspiring!

  91. Happy Blogaversary! Thanks for the reminder on the new post. I had forgotten to leave a comment for the bunny!

  92. Happy Blogaversary Anna. I hope you enjoy blogging this year as much as you have the last two. Your blog is such a pleasure to read.
    And of course …… Happy New Year.

  93. Happy Blogaversary!!! I’m always glad when bloglines lights up with a new post from you. (and I’m keeping my fingers & toes crossed for a bunny win, lol!!) That recipe looks great, thanks for posting. And your tree looks pretty good- much better than I would have expected from that first picture!! Traveling tree trimmers – who knew!

  94. Didn’t I already leave a comment?? Congrats on your blogiversary, I love visiting here as you know :-)

    But you’ll have to omit me from the draw – two bunnies would just be plain greedy x

  95. Happy Bloggiversary Anna! Love the look of those pinwheels! I love your blog Anna, one of the main ones I visit regularly. I can remember the gingerbread houses from last year!

  96. oh sure, give away a bunny and get 100 comments!!!
    happy blogiversary anna anna banana nanna… you’re my fav. imaginary friend! i’ll have a new blog here in a few weeks…. have a few things to iron out first!
    :waves madly

  97. Hi Anna!

    Happy New Year! Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog. :)

    Love the new shawl – gorgeous.

  98. Teresa on January 6, 2009 at 7:56 am said:

    Congratulations on your Blogiversary and happy new year. I don’t comment often but enjoy reading your blog. I would love a new bunny pin cushion. I’ve only got a tiny one for portable sewing.

  99. Oh your poor tree, but TheIceChasers did a fantastic job!

    Happy Blogaversary my friend. I hope to be on that list of having met in real life one day! (and am I the only one on the planet who has not yet met Sharon IRL???)

    I so agree with you on everything… especially the two-way communication that comments provide. Beautiful post, Anna. And hey… nice buns.

  100. I love your blog Anna – it has to be one of my top favourites!

    Congrats on making 2 years of blogging… :) Wow!

  101. Congratulations on your blogaversary! The crescents look delicious. Oh…and I have a fabric-hoarding problem at home…and a paper-hoarding problem at work (too many files to keep track of)…I’m in trouble…time to organize! =)

  102. Happy blogaversary to you…
    Great recipe. Wish I’d seen that BEFORE we finished the Christmas leftovers… maybe Easter.
    Bunny is JUST SO CUTE!

  103. You have to be one of the most prolific, inspiring artists that I know… Your blog motivates me and it’s wonderful to see all of your projects. Another anniversary…so that we can peak into your life from afar – here’s to many more. Hope to see you once the weather breaks…Always, Robin

  104. Oooh! Count me in. I am just starting to sew and could use a pincushion….especially a cute bunny one!

    By the way, I love your Christmas quilts. They are really beautiful.

  105. Anna, Count me in, I love bunnies. It is so cute. Congratulations on your blogaversary!!!

  106. Happy 2nd Blogaversary! I love to read your posts. Honeslty, this is one of my very favorite stops in blogland. Congrats!

  107. Happy New Year and Happy Blogiversary!
    It is always a great time to come and visit you!

  108. Happy Blogaversary! I just love you blog – it’s one of my top 5 that I check OFTEN!!! That recipe looks so yummy! Please enter me to win that adorable bunny! Would look just perfect in my sewing room with my pin cushion collection!

  109. How did I miss this … well I know it was my crappy internet connections fault!!!! Happy blogaversary Anna I am so pleased that you share your time & life with us!!!!!!!

  110. Wow! I hope I am just in the nick of time! I would like to say happy blogoversary! Your bunny is too cute! Please count me in! : )

  111. Hi,

    Love the bunny. He would have lots of bunny friends at my house. I promise to take good care of him too. Happy blogaversary. I really enjoy your photos. I’m sorry for your tree. I do love my paperbarks (maples).

  112. i have been so busy with birthday week, i didn’t see your fabulous bunny giveaway…shoot! i know i am too late for the drawing, but happy anniversary on your blog! and the good news? i got to meet you so that’s enuf of a prize…?

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