Tuesday, 11 November 2008

It's my 1st Blogversary!

My how time flies when your having fun.
What a year it has been. So much has happened and sew much has been learned in the sewing/quilting front.
When I first started here a year ago I had no clue when it came to quilting.Through my endeavours I also learned my sewing knowledge and skills were somewhat simple and lacking in flare. However as it is with me when I strive into the unknown I do it through a lot of self taught lessons be it the hard way that's how I learn best. I still am yet to take a single quilting or sewing class.
I first learnt to sew back in high school, the last textiles class I was in was 19yrs ago and I really did not pay that much attention to any technique. I just got in a sewed up some very ugly looking things just to get through the class.
This time last year I could sew very basic things for my daughter and even then I usually would have to mend it a bit after first wash. I did not even know what top stitching was but I love finishing of stuff with it now. Pretty much most of my spare time now is spent sitting behind my machine.
Now I have friends and family requesting things from me all the time. There have been a few things I have sewn for Jazynthe that she has worn somewhere and I get asked where I bought it from. When I tell friends or complete strangers I made it I get asked or told to make more and sell it to them or others.

One of a few reversable wrap skirts I'll be selling.
Now that is exactly what I will start doing. As of this coming weekend my hobby will start reaping some monetary rewards.....which will end up being spent on more fabric.

Fabric is another thing I've come a long way in. I fall so easily in love with so many fabrics now it's not funny. A year ago I had no clue about Micheal Miller, Amy Butler, Heather Bailey just to name a few.

Some headbands I made for myself.
I've had a few requests from neighbours and friends for crayon and pencil rolls for their kids and this is what I have sewn up so far.

Leave a comment and you'll go in the draw to either win first or second prize in my giveaway. Some of the things I have in mind are magazines, patterns, handmade items, fabric, notions. The prize will depend on who wins and the prize will be appropiate for that person and or their brood.


Emma said...

Happy 1st Blogiversary! It sounds as though it has been an eventful year; I hope your second year of blogging is just as exciting and progressive!

~LilFrankie~ said...

Happy Blogversary xena!

I love the bags you pictured. Do you have a link to a pattern?

The Humming Cat said...

Good luck with your stall Xena, I know you will do well selling your notions.

Mands said...

Congratulations on your blogiversary Xena - and well done coming so far in a year! I love the denim bags too - I bet that they sell like hotcakes! Good luck with the stall :)

Car said...

Congrats on your 1st Blogiversary - looking forward to reading the coming years :)

Bec Clarke said...

Congrats Xena, I love the things that you are making now, you have certainly learnt fast.

Mama Kat said...

Congratulations on your blogiversary. I love the denim bags you've made, gorgeous.

Not Suize Homemaker said...

Happy Blogaversariy.

I know what you mean about how much you learn. I've done a lot of lurking since i joined the eb forums, haven't had a lot of time to put in the practise. I love looking through blogs and seeing the change in style and quality as the year or so progress's.

Well done!

Tine said...

Congratulations on your blogiversary! It's fun isn't it?!

Natalie said...

Happy blogversary Xena!!! All your new things look fantastic, I'm sure you'll soon have lots of extra $$$$ to spend on fabric ;)

Susan Cahill said...

Your products are lovely, I'm sure you will be quite successful.Congrats on the shop and the blogiversary!
Sue Cahill (sbonetsue at yahoo dot com)

The Rausch's said...

Happy 1st Blogiversary!! Very exciting! Best wishes for another successful year!!

NicolaJane said...

I just found your blog and wanted to say I think your work is amazing I love the quilts and the bags.
congrats on the one year blogversary too :)

xx a fellow eb'er

Cyliebug said...

Happy Blogiverary too!!!

Love those denim bags with the print on the front. I might just have to steal that idea.