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