It's one year today since my first blog post. I've come to blogging rather late, but have enjoyed it greatly - much more than I had anticipated. I like the impetus it provides to reflect on events in my life; I've enjoyed improving my still limited photographic and computer skills; unexpectedly, it's given me pleasure to take care with my writing; and I'm especially delighted when readers take time to comment on what I think and feel and make.
And, I've just discovered I share my blog anniversary with Rose Red - such a pleasing coincidence!
Blogging's been such fun that I'd like to give some blog anniversary gifts:
I've made some project bags this last week. Two of them are destined to be gifts for readers who leave comments on this post by midnight Tuesday 7 July, Sydney time. [I'll still be up at midnight watching the Tour de France!] I'll randomly select two people from amongst the commenters, and will make sure that the gift bags contain some yarn that suits the recipients.
I've incorporated into the bags some hand-pieced patchwork squares I made sometime in the early 1980s - probably 1982. You could think of them as retro - certainly the colours are!
The patchwork squares are a traditional eight-pointed star pattern, and some of the fabrics are scraps from clothes I made for my daughter when she was small. I suspect I must have had some grand ambition of making a quilt - but I think the project bags are a much more realistic use for the squares.
You may have noticed that there are three bags in the photographs, and I'm only offering two gifts. The third bag has already gone to MissFee, whose birthday also is today. July 4 is clearly an auspicious date.
AliMachenMachen commented on my first blog post:
'Dance like nobody's watching, blog like nobody's reading and it will be exactly what you want it to be.'
It was good advice. I'm not sure that I've been able to follow it, and I know the blog isn't exactly as I want it to be. But trying to blog as if nobody's reading does help to eliminate the deep self-consciousness that has made me avoid writing in the past. So, thanks for the advice, Ali, and I'll try for a second year.