07 February 2012

My first Blogiversay

Wow - I can't believe it.  Where has the year gone, as my mum used to say.  This time last year I was nervously thinking about my first post, and would anyone read it!   Well it came as a big surprise that yes is the answer, they do. 

One of the reasons for starting is to record my year/life was so that I could look back over it.  Well I can tick that box, becauseI do that all the time - as spring is only just around the corner now (well it is a balmy minus 10 today), I've already started looking back over my gardening posts.  

I'm not sure I've kept to the original spec of writing about a variety of things.  I started off like that, but now posts mainly revolve around sewing.  I often feel I don't have anything particularly interesting to write about, so I don't!   But during the Blogtoberfest, I managed to write something every day, so clearly I'm just lazy!

I also said I wouldn't make the posts too long.  Mmm, not sure wether I've succeeded there.  Maybe not, although again, during October, I tended to keep them shorter, so that I could manage a post every day.   There's another clue Di!

The other thing i was hoping, was that I would improve my photo skills.  Ha!  A very big FAIL on that one.  Maybe this next year.

Have I enjoyed blogging?  In the main yes.  It does tie me to a computer longer than I would like, especially when you include time spend on e-mails and time spent on Flickr (Thank heavens I never joined pinterest, and I don't tweet or twit or whatever!).  But I have made some wonderful friends, read some fantastic blogs, and by joining in with swaps I have pushed myself to try things I wouldn't normally do.   So I have to accept that extra computer time with good grace!   With blogging, it certainly is the case that the more you put in, the more you get out.

So anyway, as a little thank you to all my followers, I would like to have my very first giveaway.  Sadly I am not able to give away a super-duper bundle of fabrics - my little corner of the blogosphere is not sponsored.  But I made a little something as a gift.  I was originally inspired to take up sewing when I came across "Oh Fransson"'s blog.   I couldn't believe all those wonderful fabrics were available, and that patchwork had moved so far away from the traditional blocks that I knew.  So it is appropriate that I have made something from one of her tutorials! 

This pattern for a pot holder (oven mit)was nice and easy to follow, but I have to admit I had terrible problems with the binding.  I pride myself that I can do a good binding.  There are other areas that I'm not so good at (points not matching, untidy seams, wonky FMQ) but I think my bindings are pretty good.   So why did my first shot at binding this very small piece end up with it looking like a dogs breakfast?   I know not.   I was NOT happy with it, so this afternoon I took it all off it off, recut the binding and re-attached, not without inciddent and swearing, but this time I'm happy with it.  I think the problem was that it is so thick - you're working with 4 layers of fabric, two of batting and one of insulbrite!  But my machine coped well with it, it was me that didn't!!  ANd when it goes wrong, I get really wound up, then it goes more wrong, and I get more wound up ad infinitum!  

And the back

As you can see, I haven't had time to had stitch the binding, but of course, it will get done. I have used insulbrite and a layer of wadding inside, so it should be good for very hot pans.  It's a bit stiff, but it should loosen up.  

So, to win this, all you need to do is leave me a comment.  I find it interesting that some posts get more hits and comments than others, both on my blog and other peoples.  So how about telling me what YOU think makes a good blog or post.

Also to get a second chance to win, write a post about the giveaway on your blog.   I'm always happy to welcome new readers to my humble little domaine, so spread the word! 

I'll leave this open until Saturday 12th of February. Please make sure I have a way to contact you if you win. If you are a no-reply commenter and I am not able to contact you, I will draw another winner.


  1. I like the pot holder. Very nice, indeed.
    I think a good blog post has lots of photos, few words and maybe you learn something from it. I don't always stick to those rules, tho.

  2. I tweeted about the giveaway, because I already have a blog post for today. Does that count? Sending you some bloggy love. xo

  3. Wow, time does fly.Congratulations on your first year of blogging.
    Love the potholder, you've chosen some very nice fabrics for it.
    A good blog post? Hmmm, interesting stuff, a couple of photos, and I'll read it. I'm easy to please.

  4. Yay! Happy blogiversary! A year already eh? Blimey. Glad to have met you :-)

  5. Happy Blogiversary! What a lovely potholder. I'm always surprised sometimes what blog posts get the most traffic - routinely I do the best with linky parties and tutorials (oh yeah, giveaways, but I'm only on my second one of those).

    I always enjoy reading your blog!

  6. Lovely potholder Di, congrats on your first year!
    Posts with pics are always good.

  7. Blogging certainly takes up a lot of time but being able to share your ideas and thoughts and life with other people with similar tastes and ideas is a real thrill .

    I like a huge variety of blog posts . Not too many photos for me, something interesting, a bit of humour or anything that makes me think or is inspiring on the sewing front.

    Congratulations on your blogiversary Di . Your pot holder is very cute (despite the extra grey hairs the binding gave you !)

  8. Cracking pot holder!! I'm nosey, I like blog posts with some personality - as well as pretty fabrics! Demanding, huh?

  9. Congrats on reaching your first year of blogging and I love the warm colours of your potholder and the fabrics you have used are gorgeous. I don`t know about what makes a good blog but I like to read blogs which aren`t over wordy, have a few nice pics and are witty!

  10. Aww, well it's very sweet even if it did give you fits, thanks for the chance to win it!

    As for the blog posts, um,photos and a sense of humour are desirable, beyond that I haven't a clue lol

    Happy blogiversary!

  11. Yay for your first year!
    I love the potholder you are giving away!
    As I read your post I understood completely where you are coming from...shorter posts, more variety, time spent on the computer...all problems I have too!

  12. Congratulations!! The pot holder is gorgeous :)

  13. Yea to your first year! And to meeting you through this bloggy medium. If I won that potholder I would hang it with pride in my kitchen and threaten anyone who put it near one of my grubby pots!

    For me a good post includes humour, and I love seeing other peoples quilting and other makes so photos are good too. I also like down to earth and am not too fond of the Stepford Wife perfect life type blogs.

  14. Congratulations on a whole year of blogging! And that is a lovely give away! I enjoy your blog the way it is, I think that bloggers each have a style and personality and I like it that way.

  15. Hi Dianne! Congratulations for your anniversary! I'm happy I found you and I like the way you write with humour! I like blogs and posts where we can read about the process of the sewing etc. I like lots of photos and I need to like the colours! I enjoy reading your posts!
    I love your potholder! If I would be so lucky to win, I would hang it to my 'studio'!
    x Teje

  16. lovely work... enjoy your achievements xxx

  17. yay for one year friend! congrats to you!!!

  18. Happy blogiversary! And many more to come.
    Lovely pot holder, it would be great to win.
    As for your question, for me it's really hard to define. Of course I love reading about the process of sewing, see not only the finished projects but also a bit of how they were created, and I also enjoy the everyday bits and pieces someone decides to share about their everyday life. But generally it probably also depends on the way one shares it and I just like your style very much.

  19. happy blogaversary if i won i wouldnt be using it ..........too nice !!

  20. Congrats on your blogaversary!!! The pot holder is far, far too nice to use! I think a good post has lots of clear photos, written simply and to the point! And a sense of humour!

  21. Congratulations! I think good blog posts are not too long, varied and a little bit of human interest is always a good thing! Nice photos are a help too!
    Best wishes from Helen in Switzerland

  22. Happy Bloggiversary Di!
    Gorgeeous pot-holder-giveaway-pressie too ;-)
    Um, i think Personality is pretty special blogwise - also i like tutes ;-) & pics ;-) & a bit of goss :-)
    I'm still BlogLess :-( mainly due to the time factor, as in, I haven't got any. lol

  23. Fab potholder! I think I show up more for posts with pics. I'm very ADHD and oooo...shiny tends to grab my attention easiest.