Friday, September 16, 2011

50 States Blog Hop

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Welcome to the 50 States Blog Hop!!
Welcome to the 50 States Blog Hop! Most of us would love to travel but are having staycations this year. What better way to travel but through a blog hop. This hop was inspired by our host Shawnee's journey across the United States as she traveled with her family to their new home. The United States is truly beautiful with many wonderful places to visit and see. If you've hopped along from visiting New Hampshire with Rebecca, then you are in the right place!! If you are just joining me from your dashboard or happened along from somewhere else, please be sure to CLICK HERE to start with the first state in the union, Delaware (my other home!), because you won't want to miss out on any of the fun (or any of the blog candy!!)... There is an AMAZING Grand Prize Package for one LUCKY hopper (winner chosen by Rafflecopter)!!  To be entered to win, please do the following:
So what's the Grand Prize??? Cricut Cartridge - Destinations, beautiful handmade flowers from Shannon at Creative Chaos Flowers, and a $20 Gift Certificate to Scraptastical Kreations. Now on to my state and my project....

Welcome to Virginia! 
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Image Courtesy of http://www.statesymbolsusa.org/IMAGES/Virginia/flag_virginia.gif


I am proud to call Virginia my home since I first started attending college here in the fall of 2002.  My husband spent much of his childhood in Northern Virginia as well, and much of his immediate family lives in the area, so we both consider this state an important part of our lives.  I will admit that Virginia is a rather large state and that I have yet to see all of it, but I absolutely love where I live and our proximity to Washington D.C.  A few interesting facts about Virginia (according to 50States.com):
  1. Virginia is known as "the birthplace of a nation".
  2. Eight United States Presidents were born in Virginia: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Woodrow Wilson.
  3. Seven Presidents are buried in Virginia: Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Tyler, Taft and Kennedy.
  4. The State flower is not really a flower, but the blossom of the dogwood tree, which is also the state tree.
  5. The first peanuts grown in the United States were grown in Virginia.
  6. 10th of the 13 original colonies, Virginia was admitted to the union June 25, 1788.
  7. The states of Kentucky & West Virginia were formed from sections of the state of Virginia
  8. About 1/2 of all the people in the United States live within a 500 mile radius of the Capital of Virginia.
  9. Virginia has been dubbed the "Internet Capital of the world".
  10. The world's only oyster museum is on Chincoteague Island.
I chose to create a project that reflected the significance that the state of Virginia has had in our lives.  I also wanted to create something that could be displayed in our house but was fun and different.  So, without further ado...

Supplies Used:
* Solid Wood Plaque
* Behr Ultra Paint (I purchased the color from the "Oops!" section of my local Home Depot, and it was labeled "Custom Color" so I don't have an exact name, lol)
* Value Pack Cardstock in "Dark Blue"
* Making Memories "1 1/4 Chunky Watercolor - Periwinkle Dark" Alphabet Stickers
* Recollections Adhesive Flowers in "White"
* Recollections Adhesive Glitter Shapes in "Hearts" and "Patriotic Stars"
* Double-Sided Tape
* Mod Podge

I cut the outline of Virginia by hand, using an image I found online as a template.  The Mod Podge was a bit interesting with the stickers...they did not want to stay put when I went over them with the glue! :)
BLOG CANDY ALERT! :) :) :)

If you are my lucky winner, you will receive:

 Recollections' "Travel" Clear Stamps
and
Bohemian Transfer Titles - Months "Summer"

To enter, please leave a comment on this post along with a way to contact you if you should win. As well, if you become a follower of this page (or are already a follower), please leave me another posting saying that you did so and I will give you a SECOND entry into the drawing.  I will post a winner by Tuesday (I am in another hop Friday and Saturday, so I will post the winner from both hops on that day). 
Now you can hop to the NEXT STATE IN THE UNION - New York with Shannon!!  Remember to leave a comment on each state to be eligible for the GRAND PRIZE!! 
Thank you for visiting, I hope to see you again soon! :)
~ Ashley "Scrappin' Pink Piglet"
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50 States Hop
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37 comments:

  1. Very unique wall decor! Nice job! comopark@roadrunner.com

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  2. I am already a follower! comopark@roadrunner.com

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  3. What a beautiful wall hanging. I love how you took your state and made it personal to you. Great job! Thank you for joining me in this fun travel hop.

    Blessings,
    Shawnee
    Co Host
    50 States Blog Hop
    http://www.blessedonthebrightside.com

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  4. Love the sign that you made! I have wanted to come and visit that state again!

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  5. great hop idea very cleaver and cute project

    TFS!!!
    Cathie
    scraphappycat@gmail.com

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  6. Great idea! Thank you so much for sharing!

    Wendy
    wleitel@windstream.net

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  7. what a great project i like the fact that you can display it!!!

    Have a scrap- happy day,
    Lisa G
    http://lisa-scrappingspot.blog.com/

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  8. Am already a follower! :)

    Have a scrap- happy day,
    Lisa G
    http://lisa-scrappingspot.blog.com/

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  9. Love the plaque
    http://digipage-blog.everything-digital-scrapbooking.com/

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  10. Nice wall hanging. Visit4ed Virginia when I visited Washington D.C.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"
    http://CreatedbySunshineHoneyBee.blogspot.com

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  11. super job on the wall hanging..Thanks for all the interesting tidbits about your state:)
    cathyplus5.blogspot.com

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  12. Cool idea and so creative. It is so cute!
    Barbara B.

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  13. I am follower now!

    Barbara B.
    bkb248@gmail.com

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  14. Nice wood sign I have been to Virginia when I was a kid beautiful state and love the history of the state.

    I am a follower of your blog and facebook.

    mjblahnik56@hotmail.com

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  15. Wow Ashley! i love your project - what a fabulous idea! Have never been to Virginia but have always wanted to go. Very interesting facts you have listed - I am going to have to look up that state flag though - very intriguing :) I am a new follower and can't wait to come back and visit.

    rebeccadunham at hotmail dot com

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  16. very cute project. I look forward to visiting your blog again.
    thecraftingcajun.blogspot.com

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  17. Love the history facts! Cute sign too! Glad to be in this hop with you ~ I am learning soooo much!!

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  18. Loving all the fun facts that I didn't know about your fabulous state! Thanks for sharing!

    I am now follower your blog. So very nice to meet you! Stop over to my blog sometime and give me a shout out!

    http://lillianchild.blogspot.com

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  19. good work on the wall plaque. visitd virginia a few years ago and loved it. tfs.
    littlen44 at gmail dot com

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  20. Love all the info you shared! I did not know any of that! :) Great project too! :)
    www.cbcscrapbooking.blogspot.com

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  21. Also, new follower! :)
    www.cbcscrapbooking.blogspot.com

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  22. What a cute idea!

    Robin
    www.scrapandchat.blogspot.com

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  23. New follower here!

    Robin
    www.scrapandchat.blogspot.com

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  24. Very nice job on your project, I am already a follower, thanks for the chance to win!

    mzcherub at gmail dot com

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  25. Unique idea, great!!!

    It was fun to do this hop with you!
    Rebecca "Crafting Misfit"
    Stop by my blog anytime!

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  26. Very cute idea Ashley. I bought some modge podge a couple of weeks ago and was going to do a project. Haven't used the stuff in about 40 years though. LOL tfs Tami
    tambo1010atcomcastdotnet

    Tambo's Creations

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  27. I am already a follower, google and network, and a fan on FB. tfs Tami
    tambo1010atcomcastdotnet

    Tambo's Creations

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  28. I am a happy fan already :) Thanks for a chance at winning and I love yoru project!
    Theresa
    tmdettloff@gmail.com

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  29. I love your sign, it's cute and fun. Thanks so much for sharing.


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  30. I am a new follower.

    http://racincrafts.blogspot.com/ or
    racincrafts at aim dot com

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  31. Wow! Thanks for all the awesome info on Virginia! Your project is fantastic too! :0) My hubs and I really want to visit Virginia as it's on our list of possible places to live. I've never been there, but have heard it's lovely. :0) Thanks for the chance to win some goodies!

    Be sure to stop by my blog to enter my 500 followers giveaway!

    XO ~ Amy Jo
    amyjrockstar at gmail dot com
    http://lv2scrapandfibrofacts.blogspot.com

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  32. I am already a follower. Thanks for the 2nd entry! :0)

    Be sure to stop by my blog to enter my 500 followers giveaway!

    XO ~ Amy Jo
    amyjrockstar at gmail dot com
    http://lv2scrapandfibrofacts.blogspot.com

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  33. Hi i am loving all this hopping i am learning to lol i hope its ok to comment here as i could not find any were eles. thank you xxx

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  34. I see some have posted on this posting (I think your comment's is broken on the bday hop) :( Oh well, I will just post here too! :)
    I am a new follower. So here is one entry. :) hehe

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  35. Here is the second! haha LOL
    Love your card. 3 of my favorite gals. :)
    Hugs!
    Terri
    myneed2craft@gmail.com (oops, just realized I didn't leave my email on the last comment post) oh well :)

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  36. I was born and raised in Roanoke so enjoyed your rendition of our state. Now live in Colorado but still visit Virginia every year. Great job!

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