happy birthday to the bloggy

My, how time flies. This is my 500th blog post and the four year birthday of hey! jen renee. Which is just weird. Happy blog birthday to me!

So it seems like a good time to say thanks. Thanks for stopping by, scrolling through or saying hello. I've met so many ridiculously cool people through blogging. I'm grateful for the friendships I've made and the multitude of things I've learned from this creative community. You guys are rad.

Blogging is such a weird thing. I'm not a writer. Sometimes I have no idea why I carry on here. But this place has become my little online home where I can live out loud, share my nerdy hobbies and post pics from the latest concert that I've been to. Whatever ... right?
Now's a great time to say hi if you've never said hi before. No, really. Tell me how you landed here, if you've been reading here awhile or even if it's your first time. Tell me if there's something new that you'd like to see here. Sometimes I check out my recent visitor activity or look at my visitor map and am astonished at the places people come from. Are you a mom, a crafter, a knitter ... a metal head? A metal head who knits and crafts? I like to know these things.  ;)

Whoever you are, thank you for reading. I'll save you some cake.

28 comments:

  1. Hmmm...I am not sure how I found your blog, now that I think of it! But however I got here, I am glad I did. Let's see...I am a new mom, a wanna be knitter, and a relunctant crafter. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  2. hello!

    i'm pretty sure i landed on you through some scrapbooking way. i honestly can't remember if it was the dares, or another blog... but i've been secretly lurking for about 2 1/2 years.

    i'm a mama to two boys. a 6 year old & a 3 month old. i'm a scrapbooker, a paper nerd, a crafter, a blogger, a new stay at home mama, a little bit of a metal head...& a wanna be knitter. (you make some beautiful things!) i wish i lived somewhere other than the otherside of the country so i could come take one of your beginners classes!

    happy bloggin birthday!

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  3. congrats on your bloggy birthday!!

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  4. I honestly don't remember how I found your blog but I love reading it! I'm a crafter and knitter who is just learning crochet. I love the pieces you knit. They're gorgeous!

    Happy 500th!!

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  5. I'm a scrapper ... well in theory. :) Not sure how I found your blog - but love your style, so I stuck around!

    Happy blog birthday!!

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  6. Happy Bloggy Birthday! And a "Happy 500th Post" as well :)

    I am trying to remember how I first found your blog...it was a few years ago...maybe via The Dares? My sis (aka: background.girl) and I are both fans of your blog and your creative work in general (right now I'm seriously loving that colorful photo at the top of your post!), and it's not uncommon for one of us to ask the other "Hey...did you see (insert awesome thing here) on hey! jen renee's blog/flickr/etc. today"?.

    So, from the East Coast of Canada, cheers to you, Jen, and cheers to your blog of awesome inspiration!

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  7. happy blog birthday! not sure how we "met" but i am glad we did!

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  8. Happy birthday! ;) I've been a reader for a while, but don't typically make an appearance in the comments section. I certainly enjoy reading about your craftiness!

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  9. Happy birthday from across the pond! I found your blog via Shimelle's, I think, and I stayed because I like the crafty-ness and the knitting. I live on a small island off the south coast of the UK and like choral singing, crafting, and cats. And alliteration! xx

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  10. I am a Mom to a 3 year old girl and came across your blog searching the internet for a Yo Gabba Gabba birthday cake. I made your Brobee cake for her 2nd birthday and have been following your blog ever since. Love to knit too!
    Congrats on your blog success!

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  11. Hey, can't see the red point on my country!!! ;-) ... anyway, I'm a scrapbooker, a Vespa rider and a Yo Gabba Gabba lover from Italy :-)... not sure how I found your blog (oh yes... maybe through a scrapbooking challenge blog).
    Happy 500th!

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  12. Happy Birthday to your blog Jen! I love it! I can't recall how I originally found this little craft haven of yours, but I know I love it! I'm a scrapper, knitter, crocheter, social worker and mom to 5 kiddos and married to one very fabulous, patient,supportive husband! We live in CT. LOVE Your blog Jen!! Happy Blog-Birthday!

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  13. Hey... congratulations for the 500th post! I love your blog and am a regular, though I believe this is my first comment. I am not sure how I found you, but it had to be via scrapbooking.. and I am very happy I did. Thank you for all the inspiration!

    ps-my country is also not pinned on the map... :o) I come from Slovenia, a tiny country in the middle of Europe.

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  14. Happy posting and Happy Bloggy Birthday!

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  15. You had me at 'Holy Scrap'. That badge[which I won on Creative Type] is pinned to my craft caddy and still makes me smile!

    Congratulations + happy blog birthday.

    Julie x

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  16. Congrats! I've been reading a couple years - maybe found you via the Dares? I love your style, scrapbooking and lovely knits. I also love little glimpses of things you do with Lo, because my son is 2 1/2 (we also love YGG!). I'm also an Iowa girl who grew up in Des Moines, so I like keeping up with your DM adventures. Thanks for the inspiration, keep it up!

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  17. Happy Blog Birthday :-)
    I think I found your blog via Shimellle's JYC back in 2008 and been following in Reader ever since. I love seeing all your scrappy projects. I think I might be that wee pin in NZ on your map :-)

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  18. Hey Jen!

    I have comment before! But I am a knitter and momma. I am a neghibor to the north in Saint Paul, MN love your blog. Happy Birthday!

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  19. Hi! I am a mama (to a one year old a four year old) and a scrapbooker in Sydney Australia. I started scrapbooking in 2007 and loved it immediately but found the whole scene a bit too cheesy and cutesy - so thank god I found the Dares book at my local book shop!

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  20. Hi!

    I've been reading here for over two years now. I found you when I did a search for YGG. Since then I've bought great birthday shirts from you and done awesome knitting projects! Happy 500th Post!

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  21. Happy blog-day! I found you through the world of scrapbooking, and I'm glad I did! :)

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  22. Don't know how I found you, but I come back here every few days eversince! I love your blog because I love to crochet and I am planning on learning how to knit. You give so much inspiration! Thanks! Lots of love from The Netherlands!

    xxx Evy
    art-evy.blogspot.com

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  23. Hello! I found your blog a while back on Craftzine I think? I don't know, but I love reading craft blogs and yours in one of my favs. I'm from Iowa City and it's hard to find craft blogs out of Iowa. It's nice because I actually know what shops, music festivals, etc you talk about! Anyways, Happy blog birthday to you!

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  24. Hi! I'm new around your blog. I'm a Chicago gal who used to think she was the uncraftiest person in the world, but I just proved myself wrong and learned to knit. I've knocked out my first project and super excited to learn more.

    Happy bloggy birthday!

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  25. congrats on the 500th! i've been reading your blog for a few months. i am a crafter - no a scrapbooker, and found your blog through amy lapi's but knew of you earlier from effer dares! :)

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  26. Hi Jen!

    I'm from a sunny island all the way in South East Asia called Singapore.

    I tumbled upon your blog because I (think) was googling for "fabric flowers DIY guides" and your blog entry popped up. I've been hooked ever since.

    Thank you for being such a crafty kindred spirit! :)

    Love,
    Nicole

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