She’s STILL Talking

How can this be my 600th post????

And while the number 600 isn’t necessarily one of the usually celebrated milestones, let’s party anyway!

Pass the noisemakers; don’t be shy – put on one of the party hats, too!!!

What’s a party without a door prize, so how about a giveaway?

Click photo to enlarge.


Teal Drops

For these earrings, I used both Vintage and Contemporary Swarovski Crystals in glorious shades of Teal and Deep Purple! They measure approximately 1 1/2″ long, and feature sterling silver earwires.

If you’d like a chance to win them, answer “Count me in” at the end of the following “mini questionnaire” I have for you, today.

(PLEASE answer the questions even if you do not want to be entered in the giveaway.)

1. Does this page load quickly or slowly for you? (I’m trying to determine if some of the items in my sidebar are slowing this page too much.)

2. Do you find it too much effort to read blogs that update daily? Would new posts a few times a week be just as good, in your opinion?

3. What fascinates you? (I know it might seem like a tough question but I ask because I’m looking for things that truly pique your interest. Perhaps I can include posts on them in the future.

4. For the earrings giveaway, will you choose “Count me in” or “Not this time” for your answer?

A winner will be chosen at random on Monday, March 28th!

The Boring Stuff . . .
You must be 18 yrs. old. After the completion of the contest, the name of the winner will be listed here. The winner will also be notified by email. If the winner fails to respond to email within 3 days from the time notification email has been sent, the win will be null and void and a new winner will be chosen. The prize will be mailed via USPS First Class Mail

All entries must be received by 9:00 p.m. EST on 03/27/11, and the winner will be selected on or about 03/28/11.

Hugs,

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Comments

She’s STILL Talking — 46 Comments

  1. 1. This page opens quickly for me, but I just upgraded my DSL speed for less money. So I’m thrilled with the new speed.

    2. This is one of the few blogs I read daily, I would miss it if there were less posts. I love hearing what everyone is doing.

    3. Everything pretty much fascinates me. I like hearing about your crafts and family, Carol’s family and her quilting along with her grandson’s tournaments.
    Clenna’s grandkids and all the stuff she does.
    Allison, Michelle and anyone else who visits and comments.
    I like the virtual shopping trips, riding my Harley, dogs and other pets, Holidays, special recipes and the weird and wacky holidays too.

    4. Count me in, Please! Thank you.

    Crystal, My posts are getting as long as yours.
    Today’s holidays:
    22: International Goof-off Day
    22: Coq Au Vin Day
    22: National Water Day

  2. Hey Kellie…thanks for the excuse. I’ll be goofing off REAL good today!!

    Crissie! 600 posts. Well it doesn’t surprise me because you are one faithful blogger.

    1. Does this page load quickly or slowly for you? (I’m trying to determine if some of the items in my sidebar are slowing this page too much.)
    It loads pretty quickly for me, even though running my version of Vista makes my Flash slow.

    2. Do you find it too much effort to read blogs that update daily? Would new posts a few times a week be just as good, in your opinion?
    Well, I’ll always read your blog. I never pass it through my blog roll unless I save it to read at home, if I open it at work. The frequency of post doesn’t make a difference to me, as long as its not months between.

    3. What fascinates you? (I know it might seem like a tough question but I ask because I’m looking for things that truly pique your interest. Perhaps I can include posts on them in the future.
    LOL!!! I am so easily entertained! Show us what you are doing whether jewelry or other crafty things. Etsy shops, other blogs you like, places you like to shop and trips you take with SBs…its all good.
    Its always a concern about how to attract readers..but in reality you are blogging for yourself and if you are true to you when you post, we don’t care what its about, we’ll enjoy it.

    BTW, Ky and Corey competed in a NAGA competition in St. Louis on Saturday. Corey took a Gold and a Silver in the two events he entered and Ky took a Gold in his. This was really a big deal for them because they entered in the Advanced division which was a step up. The go on to Indianapolis, then NC then a competition in Chicago which will award a Championship Belt. They were both pretty darn proud, as we were too.

    Later Gaters.

    4. For the earrings giveaway, will you choose “Count me in” or “Not this time” for your answer?

  3. Wow…600! Congratulations, Crystal!!! Your earrings are just beautiful. I love that teal and how delicate they are too. What a great giveaway!

    … THE PAGE LOADED QUICKLY. 🙂

    … YOUR DAILY POSTS ARE WONDERFUL, EVEN THOUGH I’M NOT ON THE COMPUTER AS MUCH THESE DAYS….BUT I LOVE YOUR BLOG JUST THE WAY IT IS!

    … I ALWAYS FIND YOUR BLOG INTERESTING, CRYSTAL!

    … PLEASE COUNT ME IN, AND HAVE A GREAT DAY!

    XOXO PAULETTE 😉

  4. 1. Opens quickly
    2. I read your column and one other daily. I like that you keep it short and interesting.
    3. Fascinates: places, people, whatever you’re up to.
    4. COUNT ME IN! I love those earrings.

    Hey Kelly – I’m in TN and shopping my fanny off! We’re hitting some fantastic thrift shops. And it’s warmer than New England. Yea. (I’m visiting my son’s family)

  5. 1. Quickly.
    2. No, as long as the content is inspiring and interesting.
    3. Creativity and originality fascinate me.
    4. Count me in!

  6. 1. This page loads quickly for me!
    2. I don’t have time to read every post, so a few times a week would be just as good, although I do browse and look for something that catches my eye.
    3. I am fascinated by fashion, art, jewelry, crafts and recipes.
    4. Count me in!!! These earrings are gorgeous!

  7. The page loaded quickly for me.

    I prefer one post a day, but that’s just me.

    What fascinates me? A lot. What always lures me in are catchy post titles. Other than that I like everything from thoughts on books or travel or just some cute photos.

    Count me in 🙂 !

  8. 1. This page loaded fast for me.

    2. I like blogs that are updated a few times a week.

    3. I like giveaways!

    4. Count me in!

  9. 1,yes it loads quickly
    2,I enjoy checking in daily when can 🙂
    3,wow this ones tough,i love all crafts and cooking…housework not so much lol.Ive fallen in love with the internet since stopping work due to illness,it keeps me in touch with other wonderful people around the world.It inspires me that maybe human beings aren’t so bad 🙂
    4,Count me in.

  10. 1.the page loads quickly – DSL for me
    2.I usually do not read blogs every day more because of lack of the time to do that. three times a week is great I think.
    3. I am new to your blog, but I enjoyed reading it. I love the variety and good writing.
    4. Please count me in! Congrats on 600 posts!

  11. 1. it loads fairly quickly!
    2. it depends on the blog! but i like frequent updates 🙂
    3. love love my puppy, sleeping, funky jewelry, and free stuff!
    4. please count me in!

  12. 1. Quickly.
    2. If the content is good, I’ll read a blog daily. Sometimes I’ll just skim it if the subject matter isn’t the most scintillating.
    3. I like learning new things. With crafty blogs, I like trivia facts: where did the materials originate from? What does the name of this stone mean? What’s the history?
    4. Count me in!

  13. . Does this page load quickly or slowly for you? (I’m trying to determine if some of the items in my sidebar are slowing this page too much.) I read it on an RSS feed, so it loads perfectly!

    2. Do you find it too much effort to read blogs that update daily? Would new posts a few times a week be just as good, in your opinion? I can get on my computer every other day or so… but I like reading your posts! 🙂

    3. What fascinates you? (I know it might seem like a tough question but I ask because I’m looking for things that truly pique your interest. Perhaps I can include posts on them in the future. I like your posts about the seemingly mundane things like when you and Sir Beads have a date at home night. I enjoy reading those posts. 🙂

    4. For the earrings giveaway, will you choose “Count me in” or “Not this time” for your answer? Count me in! ^_~ Those are gorgeous!

  14. 1. Quickly.
    2. Depends on the blog honestly.
    3. Animals fascinate me .. especially cute ones!
    4. Count me in!

  15. Page loads quickly unless I’m on my iPod which is when I’m too lazy to sit at my computer!
    I read posts maybe weekly as I follow too many blogs.
    I am fascinated by your jewelry making and craftiness.
    Definitely count me in for the lovely earrings!

  16. 1. Does this page load quickly or slowly for you? Quickly, I’m using windows seven and firefox

    2. Do you find it too much effort to read blogs that update daily? Would new posts a few times a week be just as good, in your opinion? Yes, I like the few times a week.

    3. What fascinates you?Anything from nature,birds, butterflies flowers

    4. For the earrings giveaway, will you choose “Count me in” or “Not this time” for your answer? Count me in!

  17. Congrats on the milestone!! Purdy earrings!

    1. Pages load fast for me. I have wireless cable Internet… so it better.

    2. I have a few blogs (yours included) that I make an effort to visit on a regular basis. I like daily posts, but won’t throw a fit if days are skipped – sometimes I have to play catch up anyways and it’s easier if there aren’t a lot of posts to keep up with. Then again, daily posts makes me feel like I’m having a cup of coffee with a friendly cyber neighbor (if that makes any sense). I don’t think I was much help on this question.

    3. What fascinates me?
    Animals, cool facts and lesser-known trivia, old movie stars and their movies, Greek mythology, photography, and learning about making different crafts.

    4. Of course, Count Me In.

  18. 1. This page loads fairly quick for me

    2. I think both ways would be okay, what matter is the content that you wrote. if you wrote interesting pieces everyday I would still read it everyday too 🙂

    3. Fashion and all those cute kitschy things 😉

    4. Count me in!

  19. Congratulations on 600!!! That is quite an achievement!

    1. Loads quickly, there is one blog I like to read that takes FOREVER to load, I sometimes don’t read it if I am in a hurry. (& I have high speed DSL!)
    2.I like your daily posts, I try to read every day but some days I am late to the party! Like today. 🙂
    3. I always like everything you write about! I am not crafty but I enjoy hearing about your projects (kind of like the fact that I don’t/can’t cook but I like cookbooks and cooking shows. LOL) I love reading the comments left by your regulars, too.
    I am interested in everything—-keep it coming!
    4. Count me in—they are gorgeous earrings!

    Thanks Crystal for all of your hard work and a great blog! 🙂

  20. 1. Does this page load quickly or slowly for you? (I’m trying to determine if some of the items in my sidebar are slowing this page too much.)
    This page actually loaded up pretty quickly for me.

    2. Do you find it too much effort to read blogs that update daily? Would new posts a few times a week be just as good, in your opinion? I do think that new posts a few times a week would be just as good as daily. I have a lot of blogs that I’m apart of, and it truly is really hard to keep up with all of them because a lot of them update daily.

    3. What fascinates you? (I know it might seem like a tough question but I ask because I’m looking for things that truly pique your interest. Perhaps I can include posts on them in the future. What fascinates me? Sparkles, magic, unicorns, and fantasy! You wanted an answer, thats what it is, lol!

    4. For the earrings giveaway, will you choose “Count me in” or “Not this time” for your answer?
    Please count me in, they are gorgeous!

  21. Thank you, Allison!
    A daily blog does require a lot of time and energy. I appreciate your encouragement so much! 😀

  22. 1. Loads super quick!

    2. I prefer a few times a week. Daily is too much to keep up with.

    3. I love things to do with healthy natural living.

    4.
    Count me in!

  23. #1 Does this page load quickly or slowly for you?quickly,i am using window vista and firefox.
    #2 Do you find it too much effort to read blogs that update daily?yes,some what
    #3 What fascinates you?art!!!any kind of art fascinate me.
    #4 enter me

  24. 1. The page loaded very quickly for me.
    2. I like blogs that are updated daily. I check all the blogs that I read every morning with my coffee, and love seeing new posts!
    3. I’m currently fascinated with machines, which may sound really weird, because I’ve never had any interest in machines before! My son has a show about machines that make everything from steel to newspapers, and even though it’s made for 4 year olds, I find myself watching them with him!
    4. Count me in!

  25. Hi!
    1. The page loads very fast for me
    2. I don’t mind reading regular posts on several blogs..just depends on what the blog is and what they talk about.
    3. I am interested in many things: nature, music, movies, books, gemstones/minerals,Coca-Cola, advertising memorablia and much more.
    4. Count me in! Thanks! 🙂

  26. First of all, amazing earrings! My color and my style, definitely!

    Here are my answers:
    1. I would say that loading speed is rather average. I guess I am just used to all other pages that I visit to be loaded with nearly the same speed.
    2. What I mostly mind in daily updated blogs is that I can not always attend to them on daily basis, like somethings on weekends, over the holidays, on regularly busy days… And when I am back online after this (short) time, it is overwhelming to keep up with all the entries. I think 3-4 posts weekly is optimal.
    3. Nature, passion that people posses – toward life, toward other people, toward art… small people doing great deeds, crafts and craftsmen, motherhood, stories about old times that seem so romantic now, black and white movies, designed perfume bottles and I can go on and on for hours!
    4. Count me in!

  27. 1. The page loaded fine.
    2. I read so many blogs that I can only get around to one or two posts on each one per week.
    3. Humor, photos, interesting occurrences, recipes, fashion
    4. Count me in!

  28. 1. It loaded quickly for me

    2. I actually prefer to read blogs that update 2-3 times per week. More than that and I think it’s spammy.

    3. Shoes and makeup (sorry to be stereotypical). TIPS! I love advice and tips related to health, exercise, crafts, anything really.

    4. Count me in please : )

  29. 1. The page loaded quickly.
    2. I don’t read blogs daily, one or two updates a week is good for me.
    3. Crafts and dogs fascinate me.
    4. Count me in!

  30. 1. The page’s loading pretty ok, I have no real problems with the sidebar. It is true that it doesn’t load in a sec but it’s pretty fast.
    2. I don’t really like to read daily posts of a blog, but this might depend on the blog. Fewer posts per week could work or could be an alternative/test.
    3. I want to read more reviews of beauty products (not sponsored and very unknown ones and no make-up) + “how to”s related to handmade and crafting.
    4. Count me in definitely. I appreciate hard working because I once tried this myself.
    Have a nice day!

  31. 1. Your page loads very quickly for me, but I have a fast setup.

    2. My favorite is sites that allow me to opt into a weekly or twice-weekly email digest of new posts (e.g., Corporette). I like to have content “pushed” to me rather than having to go get it, but don’t want to get emails daily. Thanks so much for asking, wish more sites would!

    3. I’d be fascinated by any post that was written by someone passionate about the subject. I’m more into the presentation and maybe learning a new point of view than in the subject itself.

    4. Please count me in, those earrings are beautiful!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    –Liza

  32. 1. Does this page load quickly or slowly for you?
    Quite quickly. I didn’t have to wait unconveniently long, so I guess it’s okay 😉
    2. Do you find it too much effort to read blogs that update daily? Would new posts a few times a week be just as good, in your opinion?
    I usually only have time to check my followed blogs once-twice a week, so it’s better for me if I only have missed one or two posts while not checking the blogs – but my google friend connect remembers all the posts for me, so finally I read them anyway 😉
    3. What fascinates you?
    Well… I’m a B-class horrors fanatic. But I really don’t expect you to write about them 😉
    4. For the earrings giveaway, will you choose “Count me in” or “Not this time” for your answer?

    “Count me in”! 🙂

  33. 1. This page loads fast, i am happy with the speed.
    2. I don’t mind reading posts daily, but sometimes when i read the blog at the end of the week i would like not to go back more than one page.
    3. i am fascinated by nature and by the forces of nature.
    4. Count me in , please

  34. 1. This page loaded fast for me.

    2. I like blogs that are updated a few times a week.

    3. I like giveaways, stories, people, good food, reviews, tutorials, etc

    4. Count me in!

  35. Hi, I’m new to your blog.

    1. I checked twice on the speed of the page loading, there was a 1-2 second or so delay. I might not have noticed had I not been asked the question. It did hesitate from the link I came from so I wasn’t sure if it was from the link or your actual page.

    2. I personally don’t have time to read a lot of entries, so a few a week works great for me. The ones that have 10-20 entries a day are the blogs that overwhelm me.

    3. I actually like a lot of different things. I am currently going through a decorating phase. I am also downsizing and will be moving to a smaller place soon. I guess you wouldn’t exactly say they were fascinating, they are the things right in front of me right now.

    4. Count me in.

    Congrats and thanks for the giveaway.

  36. 1] The page loads okay

    2] If i have time, I read posts because I love to read, especially informative ones

    3] Crafts fascinates me because its something I cant just do. I mean i do try and start something but the end product does not end up the way it should be lol

    4] Count me in!

  37. 1. This page loads quickly for me.
    2. Updating a few times a week would be just nice.
    3. I’m fascinated by the latest jewelry designs.
    4. Count me in, please!

  38. 1. I generally read this blog on my iPad and the page loads quickly
    2. Updates a few times a week would be just as good
    3. I love giveaways
    4. COUNT ME IN

  39. 1. Does this page load quickly or slowly for you? QUICKLY 🙂

    2. Do you find it too much effort to read blogs that update daily? Would new posts a few times a week be just as good, in your opinion? Not too much effort.

    3. What fascinates you? Life 🙂

    4. For the earrings giveaway, will you choose “Count me in” or “Not this time” for your answer? Count me in 🙂

  40. 1. It loads quickly for me; the page is fully loaded within 3-4 seconds

    2. Yes, I think that a few times a week is plenty good

    3. I really love nature, paintings and makeup.

    4. Count me in please!

  41. 1. Does this page load quickly or slowly for you? (I’m trying to determine if some of the items in my sidebar are slowing this page too much.)
    Quickly, at least for the main content! The rest just took a little bit longer but hardly noticeable.

    2. Do you find it too much effort to read blogs that update daily? Would new posts a few times a week be just as good, in your opinion?
    To be honest, I follow many craft blogs and whenever they post daily (or almost) I can never, ever keep up with all those posts. Even if I wait for the weekend to catch up, because of my work schedule during the week. I feel that less updates, even if they’re a little bit longer, are easier to handle with RSS readers.

    3. What fascinates you? (I know it might seem like a tough question but I ask because I’m looking for things that truly pique your interest. Perhaps I can include posts on them in the future.
    Vintage/Retro items, photography, trivia or a bit of insight into the lives of the crafters (nothing specific, just sharing of their daily habits and workspaces).

    4. For the earrings giveaway, will you choose “Count me in” or “Not this time” for your answer?
    Count me in! 🙂

  42. This page loads very quickly for me!

    2. I don’t find it too much effort to read blogs that update daily but I personally don’t always have the time so new posts a few times a week would be just as good, in my opinion.

    3. What fascinates you is great jewelry designs – especially retro designs

    4. Count me in!

  43. Your blog site loads up PROMPTLY/quickly, but I agree that daily updates are just too much ! I would prefer say TWO a week – and a third if something special is going on or for a big announcement…

    What fascinates me is the art of jewelry making – especially with BEADS!!! I especially love earrings and necklaces – LIKE the ones you’re giving away in this giveaway.
    So yes, please do COUNT Me In! I’d love to win!

  44. the page loaded fast for me
    the more posts the merrier
    dogs, magnets, giveaways, recycling, reusing, upcycling, being green, traveling, couponing, saving money

    count me in!

  45. 1.this page loads quickly for me.
    2.Emails a few times a week would be great for me.
    3.I am interested in anything jewelry related and love to make jewelry.
    Count me in!

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