December 13, 2009

FREE CHRISTMAS & HOLIDAY CLIPART ~ another installment of "Graphics & Gratitutde"


As is becoming my custom, I like to "give back" when something nice like this happens to me.  So, in continuing with the tradition, I give you some free Christmas clipart from my vintage postcard and German scrap collection:

And now, those lovely awards:

The "Heartfelt Blogger Award"
from Morgan at "Becoming Homegrown"
Made me feel all warm and happy inside!

I'm passing this one on to Nicole at Miss Dot's Cupcake Spot 
and now also at Saving the World One Cupcake at a Time 
because she always puts a smile on my face,
especially on Mustache Mondays!

The "Superior Scribbler Award"
from Dana at "Feeling Fit with Dana"
Another tremendous compliment from a blogger I greatly admire.

This one goes to Nicole at "Tattoos and Teething Rings"
 for some particulary candid, moving, and superlative writing this week.

Leave it to my pal Daffy at "Batcrap Crazy"
to come up with this saucy little number!
I love it and felt so honored that she thought of little ol' me!

I'm giving this one to my friend Iris at "Till Death Do Us Art"
A tres chic award for a tres chic blogger!

My humble apologies to the creators of these awards, who may have intended for the awards to be passed on to more than one nominee at a time.  My reason is twofold:

1) I feel, personally, that the more blogs I'm required to nominate, the more diluted the "award" and the compliment become.  I enjoy the challenge of considering all of my favorite bloggers, new and old, and carefully selecting which "ONE" best fits the award.  This keeps me feeling sincere and genuine in my accolades.

2)  I know that, beside the comaraderie and good vibes that the awards generate, their other purpose is to give us more exposure and help us to network.  I've found, however, that when I'm asked to pass an award on to 5+ other bloggers, I end up spending an hour or more creating the post, the compliments, and all the links, and get a response, or networked by only about 10% of the nominees.  There's nothing like spending all that time scratching someone else's back only to get an email response of "already got it", or worse yet, nothing at all.

So, with that said, if you're a recipient of any of the awards above, please feel free to pass it on to as many, or as few worthy bloggers as you wish.

And, because I like to take a good idea and put my own twist on it (Daffy, you inspired me), I'm creating the

from Rook No. 17 

There is only one rule and it is simple:  Pass this award on to ONE blogger that you think is truly outstanding, in both in their writing/posting, and their treatment of fans, commenters, and fellow bloggers.

I'm starting off by nominating my dear friend Holly at
Hols, you get about a zillion awards a month,
but it's because you deserve it.
Your posts are interesting, thought provoking, relateable, funny and informative.  You have terrific style!  You're always a good read, a great commenter, and a frequent visitor. 

You Give Bloggers a Good Name


  1. How fantastic of you! Thank you so much for such a sweet award :) I hope I continue to live up to your bloggy standards!! :)

  2. You go, girl! Great awards to you and from other great blogs. And I think it is great you created your own award to be given one at a time.

  3. love your blog...I am going to follow it...

  4. I feel so special right now!!! :) What a great thing to come home too, THANK YOU!!! I will be passing this one on with much love and respect, just the way it was received. Im loving that you created your own award as well! Your awsome Jenn! :) THANK YOU!!!!!!!!

  5. Gee..THANKS. You are too kind! You did a marvelous job creating that little number.

    Congrats on your awards! You are awesome

  6. Congrats on your awards.

    What beautiful vintage cards. I have a collection of cards too. As well as invitations to Masqurade Balls.

    Yes, I know I have a misspelled word. It is late, and just too lazy to correct it.

  7. Well deserved awards. I hope to one day receive the special award you created! That would be awesome! I created one about a year ago for the same reason. It was to be given to the blogger that inspired you to begin blogging. I have no idea where it is now. I lost track.

  8. Awwwwwwwww what a great new award!!! Thanks for creating it! I hope to receive it some day!! I might start a ball rolling by giving it out though!!

    Visiting from SITS

  9. What an AWESOME award you created! So cool to have helped the inspirational process with that one!

  10. Thank you for thinking of me! I'm terrible at dealing with awards because, like you stated, it takes so long sometimes to hand them out. And I think the award you created is lovely!

  11. Those are some well-deserved awards! And I love the vintage postcards.

  12. I just thought I'd let you know that I did share the award that you created :D


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